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UPDATE: Authorities can't find one resident of Madison home that exploded

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House explosion. Photo courtesy John Castro. House explosion. Photo courtesy John Castro.

UPDATE(WKOW) -- Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis says one person who lives in the home that exploded and burned Wednesday has not been found, as investigators continue to comb through the rubble at the home at 7806 Stratton Way.

Chief Davis also reiterated what he stated Wednesday evening, that authorities have been in contact with another resident.

At a 4:00 p.m. Thursday update on the explosion, the fire chief said he is hopeful eight families in nearby homes - displaced by the explosion - will be able to return to those homes tonight. 


UPDATE(WKOW) -- 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Madison Fire says investigative operations will continue on Stratton Way today, Thursday, Sept/. 14, 2017. Authorities say the search for possible victims continues. Residents who were displaced last night are still unable to return home. Anybody who needs housing assistance should contact the American Red Cross at 414-659-0373.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Investigators don't know yet if anyone was in a house that exploded Wednesday on Madison's southwest side.

City of Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said the house at 7806 Stratton Way was destroyed.

"We had a pretty significant fire and a pretty significant area of debris," said Chief Davis.

Because of the size of the explosion scene, Davis said neighbors will not be able to return to their homes tonight.

"Because of the nature of the collapse, it's created a lot of void spaces down below, so the fire department will have a presence throughout the night here," said Chief Davis. "We've got our investigative teams together - they've come up with a plan - they have to work through the process of really piecing back together the house."

The American Red Cross is establishing a checkpoint at S. High Point Road and McKee Road, according to a news release. Neighborhood occupants with questions about accessing their homes should identify themselves at the American Red Cross checkpoint for further instruction.

The first firefighting units arrived at 2:04 p.m. and noted that the structure was a total loss, Davis said.

The fire department currently is in search and rescue mode and Davis said they don't know yet if anyone was in the house.

They were able to make contact late this afternoon with the homeowners, according to a fire department spokesperson.

One civilian from the block that was transported to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries to the hospital

One civilian was injured, and a firefighter received minor injuries.

Corey Zeman, a neighbor, said he was napping at the time and that it was so loud that it sounded like a truck was  going through his building.

Another witness reported that it "looks like it exploded with no standing structure."

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