Home destroyed in Sellersburg explosion

Home destroyed in Sellersburg explosion

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. (WAVE) – No injuries were reported when a home exploded in southern Indiana.

The explosion was reported in the 300 block of North New Albany Street around 1:25 a.m., according to Clark County dispatch.

The explosion was reported in the 300 block of North New Albany Street.
The explosion was reported in the 300 block of North New Albany Street. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The flames were seen streets away and a wall blasted out of the home when firefighters arrived at North New Albany Street.

All that was left behind were pieces signaling there was once a house and debris sprawled across several yards. Nearby homes were not spared, with melted panels doors away.

Neighbors said they felt the heat in their home. Monty Beaver, Laveta Beaver, and Pamela Bayers live right next door.

“I didn’t know what was going on,” Monty Beaver said. “I thought it was our house too.”

Around 2 a.m. Monty said he woke up his parents and got everyone out of the house, as is, in pajamas and no shoes.

“I just wanted to get out,” Monty’s mother, Laveta Beaver, said.

“When I looked out the window all I saw was red,” Monty said. “Red straight into the window.”

The family said they were scared to death, they watched flames go 15 feet above their neighbors' home.

“We thought [our] house was on fire, that’s how big the flames were,” Pamela said.

They thought it may have been a gas explosion. The fire chief said the gas company is investigating, however, it does not appear a gas line was the cause. At this time, the root of the explosion cannot be confirmed.

“Grateful, very grateful, it could have been a lot worse,” Bayers said. “If it had been a gas explosion none of us would have been here right now.”

The owner of the home said no one was inside at the time.

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