Possible gas explosion levels Long Island home

Posted: 3:42 PM, Feb 27, 2013
Updated: 2013-02-27 21:28:18-05
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A home on Perry Street in Hempstead was destroyed Wednesday by a possible explosion (Photo/Keith Lopez).

Police and firefighters are investigating a collapsed Long Island home that may have been destroyed by a gas leak explosion Wednesday afternoon.

Nassau police and Hempstead firefighters responded to the decimated structure on Perry Street in Hempstead after receiving a call reporting a house fire around 2:30 p.m., according to Newsday.

According to Hempstead Fire Chief Scott Clark the house was unoccupied at the time of the collapse.  Both neighboring houses were damaged.

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(Photo/Keith Lopez)

There were reports of a loud noise, according to residents.

One neighbor was reportedly hit by flying debris and another was treated for shortness of breath, but no other injuries have been  reported.

According to Clark, the possible explosion may have been caused by a gas leak.