Neighborhood evacuated after home explodes Friday morning

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DES MOINES — A home explosion in Des Moines early Friday morning led to evacuations by the Des Moines Fire Department, Police Department and MidAmerican Energy.

A home located in the 1100 block of Arthur Ave, just a few blocks southwest of Grand View University, is completely gone.

According to police, natural gas is believed to be the source of the explosion.

Police say the one home is completely destroyed and several others in the area are damaged. Minor injuries have been reported but no one was in the home at the time.

“We had to shut off the power in front of the house,” said Cpt. Mike Morgan with the Des Moines Fire Department. “There was debris when we pulled up two blocks down.”

Residents in a one-block radius have been evacuated.

Arthur Ave is closed from the 900 block through the 1300 block. The street closure is expected to last up to three days.

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