Alaska home destroyed in gas explosion, sending roof flying 200 yards across the road

Pieces of the exploded home's roof, flung all the way across the street following the blast. Photo courtesy of Homer Fire Department.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A gas explosion in a Homer neighborhood left one home completely destroyed, and several others damaged by the blast, authorities said Friday.

The blast was reported on Dec. 27 at around 10 p.m., according to a report from the Alaska State Troopers. The demolished home, a two story residence, was located near mile 165 of the Sterling Highway.

Troopers responded to the home, and found debris scattered across the highway, which shut down until around 4 a.m. while the pieces of the exploded building were cleared.

Those pieces, according to troopers, included the roof of the house, which "flew approximately 150-200 yards across the road."

No one was home when the primary house exploded, but multiple other people said their homes were damaged in the blast. No one has reported any injuries.

Tim DeSpain, spokesperson with AST, told KTUU that, "At this time no foul play is suspected. There are no apparent signs that this is suspicious," DeSpain said.

Despite this, the case is still being investigated, troopers said in their report.

AST photo.
AST photo.

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