House Blast Injures 2, Sending 1 To Hospital; Cause Sought

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a house explosion in northeast Philadelphia that sent one man to a hospital and prompted treatment of another at the scene.

Police said the blast occurred shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Wissinoming section of the city. The fire department said crews arrived to find a collapsed facade and heavy fire on the second floor.

Fire department personnel evacuated adjacent homes and fought the flames, declaring the situation under control shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

A 61-year-old man was taken to Jefferson Hospital. A report on his condition wasn't immediately available. A second male was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.