A home in New Jersey was leveled by an explosion, killing one and injuring another


On Thursday, a house exploded in central New Jersey, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

The explosion in South River occurred shortly after 7 p.m. and damaged nearby homes, authorities told, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Kevin Gilbert, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and South River Police Chief Mark Tinitigan.

The injured person was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the newspaper reported.

What caused the house to explode?

According to South River Mayor Peter Guindi, the cause of the explosion is under investigation.

“It was a terrible scene,” Guindi said. “Homes and cars in the area had their windows broken. Garage doors were pushed open. We didn't know if anyone was in the house. All the houses were evacuated as soon as we got here.”

Photos from the scene show the house was destroyed in the explosion and debris is scattered throughout the suburb's cul-de-sac.

Firefighters said neighbors were safely evacuated.

It's the second explosion in Middlesex County in as many days.

A 73-year-old South River woman was killed and four others were injured in an explosion at a commercial building in Old Bridge on Wednesday. Preliminary information suggests that the explosion is not suspicious and foul play is not suspected. The cause is still being investigated.

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