2 hurt when house is leveled in explosion on Detroit’s west side

1 person may be stuck in rubble

DETROIT – A house exploded Friday morning on Detroit’s west side, injuring at least two people.

UPDATE: Drug use believed to be a factor in Detroit house explosion that injured 4, police say

A 46-year-old woman was found outside the home in the 6800 block of Archdale Street, near Warren Avenue. She suffered burns to her face and arms. Police said the woman claims she was lighting a crack pipe when the explosion happened.

A 42-year-old man was found in the backyard with burns to his face and arms.

Police believe a third man was stuck in the debris pile, but that remains unclear.

“I opened up the door and I just seen chaos," said Evelina Rhodes, who lives nearby. “Glass, debris everywhere. That’s when I heard a young lady running up the street screaming ‘help me!’”

Police had said there were four people in the house at the time of the explosion. The fourth person is believed to have escaped.

It’s still unclear what exactly caused the explosion. Several other homes were damaged in the blast.


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