Vernon home explodes, collapses with people trapped inside

WTNH/Josh Scheinblum

VERNON, Conn. (WTNH) — Rescue crews responded to 4 East Street in Vernon after a home exploded and collapsed, trapping people inside late Thursday afternoon.

“I heard a big explosion, it shook my entire house,” said neighbor, Laura Ricci.

Vernon Police sent out a tweet Thursday afternoon confirming they and Vernon Fire have responded to the home.

Police say seven people were inside the home when it collapsed. Three were outside when first responders arrived and four others were trapped inside the house, including a young child under ten years of age, according to Vernon Police Lieutenant William Meier.

All seven have been transported to area hospitals. The severity of their injuries vary.

Search and rescue teams on scene are looking for other possible victims and are working to stabilize the structure.

“We believe that everyone’s accounted for at this point,” said Lt. Meier.

Laura Sullivan was among the first on scene. Sullivan says she knows the family well who lived in the home and even served as a youth basketball coach to a child taken to the hospital. She tells us she spoke to the adults who lived in the home moments before they left for the hospital.

“They said it just felt like the house had a blast, like it just, the roof went up and then the roof came back down,” said Sullivan.

Sullivan says she saw some of the victims with burns, cuts, and at least one with a bloody nose.

State Police have also responded to the scene.

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