One of the homeowners has died, following what is believed to be a residential natural gas explosion in Deep Creek Sunday night that injured nine people, according to the Chesapeake Fire Department.
"Two homeowners were still in the house, which is on the 2500 block of Lofurno Road in the Deep Creek North area of Chesapeake, when the fire started around 5:30 p.m. Sunday," reports PilotOnline.com. "They are both in critical condition following the 'significant explosion,' according to Lt. Anthony P. Barakat . . . four others had minor injuries and were treated released at the scene. Two firefighters were transported to Chesapeake General Hospital with minor injuries and another adult was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with unknown injuries."
Chesapeake firefighters arrived at the house at about 5:45 p.m., and the fire was under control roughly 45 minutes later.
The explosion's cause is under investigation. A neighboring house incurred some damage. The American Red Cross is assisting those citizens in need of help.
Photo of the scene of the explosion, courtesy of the
Chesapeake Fire Department.