Explosion in Billings Destroys Home

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Firefighters battle a fire after a home at 1411 Granite Avenue in Billings exploded Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (Photo Courtesy of the Billings Gazette)
Firefighters battle a fire after a home at 1411 Granite Avenue in Billings exploded Wednesday, June 8, 2011. (Photo Courtesy of the Billings Gazette)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Billings police say nobody was injured in an explosion that destroyed one home and damaged three others.

Police Chief Rich St. John tells KTVQ-TV that the explosion occurred Wednesday morning at a home on Granite Avenue. The explosion caused a fire that destroyed the home and damaged others nearby. Police evacuated a two-block area.

Billings Mayor Tom Hanel says the explosion was caused y a natural gas leak. He says the homeowner was not present at the time of the explosion.

Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. spokesman Rick Matteson says natural gas was likely involved but the company is trying to determine the cause.

Matteson says he cannot confirm speculation by neighbors that a large rock fell from a nearby ridge and landed on a gas line, causing the explosion.

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