8 families displaced after home explosion

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Eight families are displaced after a home explosion on Madison's Southwest side. The Madison Fire chief says it will be at least tomorrow before they can return back to their houses.

According to the Madison Fire Department, crews were called to the intersection of S. High Point Road and Stratton Way just before 2:00 p.m. for a report of a house explosion. Fire crews were able to knock down the fire just after 2:30 p.m.

Chief Davis of the Madison Fire Department said one nearby home was damaged.

Officials were able to make contact with the homeowner, but do not know if anyone was inside at the time. A pet was found in the neighborhood, but it is unclear if it belonged to the homeowners or not.

Authorities say this incident is still being treated as a criminal investigation.

City of Madison Property records show the owners of home to be Steve and Lee Anne Pirus.

A person and a firefighter were injured. Chief Davis said a person was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The firefighter was treated at the scene. Davis said they don’t know if anyone was living at the home. They haven’t been able to locate the residents.

Officials said residents are not being allowed to return home.

Madison Fire Department will hold another press conference around 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Crews are on the scene of a fire in Madison on Wednesday afternoon.

Dane County Dispatch told NBC15 that fire crews were called to the intersection of S. High Point Road and Stratton Road just before 2:00 p.m. for a report of a house explosion.

The Madison Fire Department said the fire has been put out. They are going through debris right now. They are not sure if someone was inside at the time.

No word on if there are any injuries.

They are asking people to avoid the area.