Explosion in Edison levels one home, spreads flames to surrounding houses

An explosion in Edison Tuesday afternoon destroyed one home and caused damage to two surrounding houses.

Witnesses say they felt a rumble and saw black smoke coming from a house on Plainfield Avenue. Fire officials say the blaze was most likely caused by a gas main explosion.

The leveled home was up for sale, and the owner was having work done on it. The couple that was under contract to buy the home says the original owner was having an underground oil tank removed right before the explosion.

Red Cross officials are helping those famines who were displaced due to the blast. There were no reports of injuries or deaths in the explosion. The town is looking into whether the company digging at the home had proper permits.

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