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HEBRON — NIPSCO and crews from several fire departments were at the scene of a house explosion in the 300 South block of 600 West on Saturday night.

"I can confirm that we do have a house explosion," Rick Calinski, spokesman for NIPSCO said at 7:30 p.m. "We were able to get into that house and shut off the gas and power."

County Road 600 West between 350 South and 450 South was closed around 7 p.m. due to the fire activity, Boone Grove Fire Chief Mike Meinert said. Meinert was not able to provide additional details.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud boom and feeling their houses shake.

"We were getting ready for dinner and it was really quick, just weird and loud and intense," Cassie Cauffman, who lives four miles away on County Road 375 West, said.

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"We thought it was a little earthquake."

Cauffman said she and her husband went outside to investigate, thinking their windmill fell on the house. After speaking to neighbors who were also looking into the matter, her husband spoke to a friend who confirmed an explosion at her rental farm house.

The woman said no one was inside at the time and that the explosion blew out the windows on a home across the street.

NIPSCO's Calinski said utility and fire crews remained on scene just before 9 p.m. and the cause of the explosion remained under investigation.

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