UPDATE (5:30 p.m.):
NEWSChannel 2 crews report that it’s unknown if the fire on West Main Street is still burning, as officials will not let them get close enough to see, but smoke is still visible in the area. Our crews, who are currently located on Glen Avenue, say that fire officials on scene have been too busy to provide an official update.
What we do know from speaking to people in the area is that an explosion occurred at a house in the 300 block of West Main Street and the fire that broke out spread to two nearby houses.
The homeowners of one of the houses say they were not home at the time, but and a dog and cat died in the explosion. Although there were no human injuries reported, several people have been taken to a local hospital for observation.
There is no word yet on the cause of the fire. National Grid crews are currently on scene digging under the group.
Several nearby homes had their windows blown out, and many of the houses in the area have been evacuated to the gas station down the street.
“We all felt like there was an explosion,” said Little Falls resident Don Murray. “I thought maybe my house roof was collapsing, and so did my neighbors. We all felt it.”
A retired Little Falls fireman who was at the scene helping to direct traffic says this is far and above a rare and unusual occasion.
People were moved away from the scene for what officials were calling a “heavy gas flow.”
West Main Street is currently closed to traffic in both directions between Gun Club Road and Lock Street.
We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.
UPDATE (3:30 p.m.):
Crews remain on scene at a fire involving multiple houses on West Main Street in Little Falls.
Police are currently moving people further away from the scene due to what they’re calling a “high flow of gas.” Three houses are reportedly affected by the fire.
Residents as far away as Ilion and St. Johnsville reported feeling the explosion, and someone about 12 miles away in Fort Plain said they heard it as well. Residents nearby the explosion say their windows were blown out, and people also reported seeing debris flying in the area.
There is no report yet on whether or not anybody was injured. NEWSChannel 2 crews on scene report that it appears people in nearby houses are being evacuated.
We will provide more details as they become available.
LITTLE FALLS – Several fire departments and ambulances have been dispatched to a structure fire and possible explosion in Little Falls.
Crews were dispatched to the 300 block of West Main Street around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Scanner reports indicate that three houses may be involved.
Little Falls residents who live in that area reported feeling the ground shake. A photo sent by a NEWSChannel 2 viewer shows heavy black smoke in the area.
NEWSChannel 2 crews are headed to the scene. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
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