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House destroyed in explosion

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House destroyed in explosion (Fox Carolina) House destroyed in explosion (Fox Carolina)
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MOONVILLE, SC (FOX CAROLINA) -

A house on Sterling Grove Road was leveled in an explosion Saturday morning that was felt by people across  a several mile radius, according to South Greenville fire Chief Ken Taylor.

"It looked like a tornado hit," Taylor said. "The house was flattened and parts were scattered all over, even in nearby trees."

Taylor said the explosion happened at the home on Sterling grove Road near Old Grove Road in the Moonville area around 7:15 a.m.

Firefighters battled small fires that erupted from the rubble, Taylor said.

 Taylor said no one was inside or hurt in the blast.

The homeowner told our crew at the scene that he was in the process of renovating the home, and said the property was for sale.

The homeowner, who asked not to be identified, said contractors had just been working in the home on Friday.

The blast damaged at least one other nearby home, three doors down from where the explosion happened. Chris Culbertson said the blast caused part of his living room ceiling to collapse.

Taylor said the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The Arson Investigation Team from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office was called in to help with the investigation, Taylor said.

"I have never seen anything like this before," Taylor said.

Numerous people in the surrounding area called and e-mailed our newsroom after reportedly hearing or feeling the blast.

Viewers from as far away as Powdersville and Simpsonville reported hearing the blast or said they felt the shockwave rattled their homes.

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