TAUNTON (CBS) — It was an inferno in Taunton, as a house was destroyed and totally engulfed in flames after a huge explosion Sunday afternoon.
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Neighbor Paul Saltalamacchia said he felt his house shake, and saw a woman living inside the house scramble to safety.
“I came running out,” he said, “And saw the owner who had just run out of the house frantic, and then come running down the street screaming for help.
“I recognized her. We called 911 and assisted her. The house went up in flames really in a matter of three minutes, and within 40 minutes the roof caved in. It was really amazing.”READ MORE: More Than 50% Of People With Chronic Health Conditions Neglect Their Flu Shot
Much of the home on Christine Lane was totally incinerated, yet nobody was hurt. The neighbors say the woman inside had been on the upper floor, but somehow managed to get out just in time.
Neighbor Steve Roberts says the woman was already sitting on a nearby lawn he spotted her.
Fire officials say the blast is being investigated as a possible gas explosion. Gas crews were digging into the ground to check lines and also checking the street late Sunday night.MORE NEWS: Concerns About Flu Surge On Top Of COVID Surge Have Doctors Braced For Busy Season
No additional details were immediately available.