1 Injured in Explosion, House Fire in Kensington

An explosion and fire caused a partial building collapse in Philadelphia Wednesday morning.

The incident happened inside a home in the 300 block of E. Tusculum Street in the city’s Kensington section.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, they encountered heavy smoke and flames billowing out of the top floor of the two-story dwelling.

A neighbor told NBC10 she heard a loud explosion and felt her house shake. The woman ran outside and saw flames and witnessed the façade of the home collapse. According to the neighbor, a male in his 30’s lives in the home by himself.

The male in the home where the explosion and fire happened was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

As a precaution, several homes in the area were evacuated and PGW shut off gas service to the block.

The fire was placed under control about 6:10 a.m.

Members of the American Red Cross were at the scene assisting seven people.

The cause is under investigation.

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