Authorities are trying to determine a house explosion in Evansville, Indiana, that damaged at least 39 other homes and left three people dead.
Chief Mike Connelly said the investigation is ongoing, calling it a “tedious process” at a news conference Thursday morning
In addition to the three who died, one other person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Connelly added that their could be more victims than what has ben discovered so far, as authorities continue to search through the wreckage.
“They will resume the investigation in the morning,” Connelly said. “This is a standard operating procedure for an incident of this magnitude and of this type.”
Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke called the scene “devastating” and posted photos of the aftermath on Twitter.
“Our first responders and city departments will continue to keep residents in the Willemette Village/Wesselman Park neighborhoods safe and informed,” he wrote.
“I’d seen photos that have been placed online, but once I walked up to the residence itself and saw the devastation with my own eyes, it was, I mean, it was a gut punch,” Winnecke said, via CNN.
“Across the street from the explosion you’ll see house after house that has windows blown out, that has you know there’s insulation blown out from homes.”