MUNCIE, Ind. (Nov. 2, 2015) - The investigation continues into who caused a Muncie house to explode in a quiet residential neighborhood last week.
Investigators said they believe two suspects went into the basement of the home and stole the furnace. They currently have two people of interest in connection with the burglary.
Fire investigators said the source of the explosion is the basement, where the furnace was housed. The suspects left the gas line open which ignited with the flame from the water heater.
“With the valve letting gas out into the basement area and then the water heater possibly ignites the gas," explained Muncie Fire Department Chief, Edward Bell.
The house had been vacant for a few weeks before the explosion. Investigators believe the burglary happened sometime last week. Because the doors and windows were closed and air wasn't getting inside the house, Chief Bell said it created the perfect recipe for a massive explosion.
"This is a heck of a scene. Nobody in the neighborhood was expecting it. Everything went into a turmoil really, really quick," he said.
Neighbors are still cleaning up the mess days later, but it will likely take even longer before the house is completely torn down.
“The house went up. The roof system come right down on top of it and the sides went out. It’s crazy in an explosion like this," Chief Bell said.
The investigation is now a criminal case and has been handed over to the Muncie Police Department who are continuing to interview potential suspects.