UPDATE: House explosion in eastern Henrico

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Fire investigators are trying to find out why a house exploded in the Varina area of eastern Henrico County. It happened Wednesday night in the 7000 block of Yahley Mill Road.

Now, fire investigators from Henrico have brought in investigators from other areas to help determine why this home exploded in the first place. The explosion could be heard for miles and the home was completely leveled.

Debris from the explosion is scattered everywhere. Pieces of the house are in trees and in a neighbor's yard. The house that is now just piles of wood.

The blast was so strong it not only rocked, but damaged Antonio Hughes home. He lives next door.

"The explosion punched in my window, without breaking the class," he said. "Things inside the house fell off. All my CDs fell off the shelf. It moved my TV around."

And then he walked outside. His backyard is covered with debris everywhere. There are thousands of nails and pieces of wood blown all over.

"I saw a fire ball, a wall of fire about 25 feet tall then I saw more fire over here and saw a bunch of smoke. Debris all over the road," he said.

Fire crews tell us some people saw flames shooting hundreds of feet into the air, above the trees. It took about an hour to put the fire out.

Crews are bringing in help today. Investigators from other cities that have experience investigating this type of explosion.

"Put our heads together to see what happened," said Captain Chris Buehren with Henrico Fire and EMS. "We want to make sure we leave no stone unturned. We basically have to recreate the incident."

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