Several explosions could be heard coming from a raging fire in Flint, Michigan Monday which prompted authorities to bring a search dog to the scene. A fire official said there were at least three people missing and two hospitalized.
“There appears to be fatalities,” Flint police Chief Terence Green said, but the investigation is ongoing.
Emergency responders were notified around 9:30 p.m. about a fire where people were possibly trapped inside a home. A shed and a vehicle outside the home were also involved in the fire. There were at least three nearby homes damaged as well.
Consumers Energy personnel were at the scene, looking for evidence of a possible gas explosion.
The manager of a nearby Applebees restaurant said that ceiling panels fell at the restaurant when the building started to shake after the blast.
Shelters were set up for victims and a bus was brought in to transport those affected by the blaze. The number of individuals affected was not known as of Monday Night.
Authorities were advising motorists to stay away from the area while crews worked to extinguish the fire and assist those affected.
Genesee County 911 dispatchers received a high volume of calls, according to a Facebook post. They advised callers to remain patient and stay on the line for a response.
Onlookers gathered in the area from as far away as Burton and Grand Blanc that were claiming they felt their homes shake around the time the fire sparked.