Neighbors describe a home explosion that killed 2 in northern St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. – Two people have been killed and several others seriously injured after an explosion occurred at a home in northern St. Louis County.

Investigators are still trying to find out how many people were in the house at the time of the explosion that shook the community. The blast happened around 1:30 a.m. on Parker Road.

Authorities have not released the ages or sex of the victims; However, family members said there were children in the house at the time of the blast.

“A massive explosion shook the house,” said a neighbor who declined to be named. “My husband and I thought it was a tree. When we went outside, we found that the neighbor’s house had exploded. When we came out, the garage burned first.”

“And there were people running and a couple of kids,” the resident continued. “I couldn’t really tell who was from where. And then a guy ran by and I said, ‘Is everyone okay?’ He said, “No. There are people trapped in the house. I tried to extricate one of them through the back door but I couldn’t.” So at that point we tried calling 911.”

Authorities said the blast appeared to have started at the garage, completely destroying the home and leaving behind some burned-out vehicles.

“I heard a really loud bang. Walked out my front door thinking a car pulled into my house or something,” said another neighbor, Bob Mannecke.

Rescue teams, along with the St. Louis County Coroner, were back at the scene following the blast searching for another possible victim after family members said one of their loved ones is still missing.

Late Friday afternoon, St. Louis County Police confirmed a body had been recovered.

St. Louis County Police contacted Bomb and Arson to investigate the explosion at the home. The fire department said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation. Neighbors describe a home explosion that killed 2 in northern St. Louis County

Nate Jones

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