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Residents affected by home explosion grateful the incident wasn't worse

Posted at 11:28 PM, Dec 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-05 23:28:03-05

Some residents were allowed to go back home tonight, while BGE crews investigate the scene for hours trying to figure out what happened.

Officials say 6 homes were affected, one destroyed, another severely damaged. Homeowners are grateful this incident wasn't worse.

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"I got a call from the police department that there was an explosion on my block and that my house was fully engulfed," said Janet Williams, a resident whose home was left destroyed. 

Janet Williams came back to a shell of a home after the house next door exploded and caused a 2-alarm fire around 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the 7400 block of Remoor Rd.

"My first thought was, thank God nobody was home and no one lived on either side of my home," said Williams.

Neighbors told ABC2, the home that exploded, was vacant and for sale. 

Williams, while happy no one was hurt, now has to find a new place to call home.

"It looked gutted. There's nothing. There's nothing left but I'm alive so that's all that matters," said Williams.

The Owusu-Berchie family lives on the other side of the now-leveled home. One family member says he heard the explosion while driving home.

"I heard the explosion, I didn't know, I was about 1/8 mile from the house," said Francis Owusu-Berchie, a resident of the neighborhood.

Scared and worried, he found a damaged remains of a home that was once there. 

"The house next to me blew up and then the house on the other side caught fire and it's totally burned, said Berchie, All the windows on that side facing the house, the windows are shattered, I can see my roof."

These homeowners took the brunt of the damage because of the explosion, but at least 4 other homes were damaged. Residents were asked to shelter in place as crews checked for structural damage or the presence of dangerous gases.

No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is helping those displaced by the explosion.