House Explodes, Forces Evacuations In NW OKC - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |

NEWS

House Explodes, Forces Evacuations In NW OKC

Posted: Updated:
An explosion near 122nd and Rockwell has destroyed at least one home, and someone was inside the house at the time. An explosion near 122nd and Rockwell has destroyed at least one home, and someone was inside the house at the time.
OKLAHOMA CITY -

An explosion near 122nd and Rockwell has destroyed at least one home, and someone was inside the house at the time.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department said just after 3:15 a.m., they responded to a reported explosion at 12505 Whispering Hollow Drive.

“We've had reports when this came in that people felt it more than two miles away. So it was a significant explosion,” OCFD Chief Benny Fulkerson said Saturday morning.

Authorities say an ONG crew was working on a gas meter when it caught fire. Crew members were about to evacuate the homeowner when the house exploded. The home has been completely destroyed.

The homeowner told first responders he was blown out of bed. He suffered injuries and burns, and has been transported to a local hospital.

Two others in the area were also transported to the hospital for breathing problems. No word yet on their condition.

OKCFD evacuated eight homes with a total of 24 people.

“We searched many of the houses in the immediate area to make sure everybody was ok,” Fulkerson said. “Everybody was and everybody was accounted for.”

Two homes adjacent to the original explosion have extensive damage. And numerous homes in the area have soffit hanging, holes in the portions of the exterior, and garage doors pushed in. Vehicles in the street are reported to have glass damage.

“I got some windows busted out. The doors look like they've been kicked in, garage door,” Neighbor Michael Palmer said. “Everything that was in the attic above the garage is now on the garage floor.”

Palmer lives across the street from the now destroyed house. He said it wasn’t the blast that woke him, but his pictures being knocked off the walls. Palmer said he rushed to what was left of a broken window and saw his neighbor’s house burning.

Neighbors claimed they smelled gas on Friday and ONG crews had been checking for the source. News 9 reached out to ONG but had not received a response to back up those claims. 

Special Features

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Politics

Breaking political news & the latest headlines from the state capitol & D.C.

Radars

See where weather is happening using our live interactive radars.

Technology

Spend your money wisely with reviews of new tech gadgets & the latest news in technology.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News 9 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Traffic

    Tired of waiting for a traffic report? Get it now with our Live traffic map!

Powered by Frankly
News 9
7401 N. Kelley Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
News9.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KWTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.