A house in suburban Blue Springs exploded Friday afternoon, injuring three people inside, following a “propane issue” that occurred while a gas company was performing work there, according to police.
One of the three adults was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, Blue Springs Sgt. Ben McRae said at the scene. The other two suffered injuries described as minor.
The ranch-style structure sat in shambles, cordoned off by police tape, as investigators were working on the scene Friday evening. It appeared on the verge of collapse, its windows blown out and portions of the roof separated from the sides, near piles of brick.
An emergency call for the explosion came in around 2 p.m. about the home near the corner of East Pink Hill and Northeast Jellison roads, McRae said. As of Friday evening, the exact cause remained under investigation.
The Missouri State Fire Marshal was on scene along with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA. Blue Springs police were working with those agencies on Friday evening to determine who would ultimately handle the investigation.