LITTLE FALLS – Little Falls police have confirmed that the cause of the explosion and fire on West Main Street Wednesday afternoon was a gas leak.
Little Falls Assistant Police Chief Ron Petrie says the gas leak and subsequent explosion was accidental in nature, and there was no criminal activity involved. National Grid is also not at fault, police say.
Three people were injured and three homes were destroyed after the fire broke out in the 300 block of West Main Street just after 2 p.m. A dog and cat were also killed in the home where the initial explosion occurred.
People miles away in Ilion and St. Johnsville reported feeling the explosion, which blew out the windows in nearby homes and sent debris flying in the area.
NEWSChannel 2 crews will be meeting with Petrie this afternoon to learn more about the investigation. Tune into the NEWSChannel 2 Live at Five Newshour and NEWSChannel 2 at 6 p.m. for the latest updates.