Family of six including four children are seriously hurt when their $1million Pennsylvania home bursts into flames
- Two adults and four children suffered from burns when a house in West Brandywine Township suddenly exploded before noon on Wednesday
- One of the adults and two children had to be flown to a local hospital
- Two others were taken to the hospital in an ambulance and one person refused treatment, officials said
- It is unclear how many people were in the home at the time of the explosion
- The cause of the explosion is under investigation
At least six family members, two adults and four children, were injured when their massive house in Pennsylvania, estimated to be worth $1 million, suddenly exploded late Wednesday morning.
Authorities said they received a call about an explosion at a West Brandywine Township home just before noon, and were on the scene within a minute, where they saw flames coming from the second-floor, FOX 29 reports.
When they entered the home, they found the victims suffering from burns, according to ABC 6.
One of the adults and two children were transported to a local hospital in a helicopter, officials told the local news station, and two others were taken to the hospital by ambulance. One person refused treatment.
It is unclear how many people were inside the home when it exploded.
Officials said the explosion shook the building next to the home before the flames broke out.
The cause of the explosion is also under investigation.
An explosion at a West Brandywine Township home set the sprawling property on fire late Wednesday morning
Officials said the fire started on the upper floor of the house, which is estimated to be worth at least $1 million, according to Zillow
The fire continued to rage into Wednesday afternoon, ABC 6 reports, with firefighters bringing in nearly 60,000 gallons of water to douse it.
‘We had to bring in the tankers to support our water supply operation,’ Chief Todd Ziegler, of the Wagontown Fire Company, told the station.
Access to water proved to be an issue for the firefighters, he explained to NBC Philadelphia, so they were forced to draft from the swimming pool and a nearby pool.
Fire trucks had also had to drive between the scene and the Pope John Paul Regional Catholic Elementary School to refill their tanks.
Officials said the high temperatures and poor air quality caused by the western wildfires has made battling the fire more taxing on firefighters.
Firefighters tried to douse a fire at a West Brandywine Township home that suddenly exploded Wednesday morning. The cause of the explosion is under investigation
Firefighters were continuing to fight the blaze into Wednesday afternoon
They had to bring in nearly 60,0000 gallons of water to douse it, according to the fire chief
Officials said the home, which had an outside propane tank, was secure, but it suffered extensive damage.
The sprawling property has multiple buildings and a large pool, NBC Philadelphia reports. It is located directly across the road from the West Brandywine Township Municipal building and police department.
The home on the property is approximately 7,260-square-feet in size, according to Realtor.com, on a 10 and a half acre lot.
It is estimated to be worth more than $1 million, according to Zillow, and was last sold in 1987 for $220,000.