Police Find Criminal Aspect of House Explosion

Major crimes is investigating a natural gas explosion that destroyed a house in Connecticut Friday morning that police said is criminal in nature.

Firefighters responded to 42 Winchester St. in Hartford at 1:30 a.m. after neighbors reported a loud bang that sounded like an explosion and found the front and side walls of the vacant house had been blown out, according to a news release from the fire department.

They also saw small flames coming from the dryer vent, but no significant fire.

No one was inside the abandoned house when the explosion occurred and no one was injured.

Neighbors said the property was recently shown to potential renters, but no one has lived in it in awhile.

The Hartford fire marshal's office, Connecticut natural Gas and the state fire marshal investigated and determined that this was indeed a natural gas explosion.

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