Explosion destroys Chandler home, rocks neighborhood

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a powerful explosion that destroyed a Chandler home late Sunday night.

Investigators are calling the explosion suspicious, saying there was no natural gas running to the home.

The blast rocked the neighborhood of Cooper Road and Chandler Boulevard at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

By the time firefighters arrived on the scene, flames had completely engulfed the home.

The explosion was so intense that it cracked the windows of neighboring homes. In addition, the house next door caught fire. Nobody in that home was injured, but that home also was destroyed.

One neighbor caught the massive flames shooting into air on video and posted the clip on YouTube. Another neighbor captured the aftermath as dozens of firefighters from several cities continued to dump water on the two houses.

According to those who live in the area, the man who owns the house that exploded lives by himself and had not been home all day.

According to 3TV reporter Ryan O'Donnell, police have talked to the man, but officers declined to elaborate on that conversation.

While fire crews and Chandler police do not believe anyone was injured in the explosion, they won't know for sure until they can get into the ruins of the home and sift through the debris.

At this point, investigators have no idea what caused the explosion, but they believe it happened in the middle of the house.


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