BUFFALO, Ind. (WLFI) - UPDATE 4:20 P.M.: Investigators now believe the fire that sparked a White County home to explode was set intentionally.
The area where there used to be a home off a White County road is now covered only in insulation and debris from an explosion Monday morning.
A call of an explosion and a home fully engulfed in flames came in to county dispatchers at just after 8 a.m. Monday.
But when crews arrived on the scene on County Road 800 North near Shafer Drive, they say all they found was the smoldering ruins of what used to be a house.
Buffalo Volunteer Fire Department Chief Greg Westerhouse described the scene simply as "devastation."
Our crews on the scene say the home is gone – leveled. And parts of what used to be a house litter the grass and the roadway, and can even be seen sticking out of trees nearby.
Although the home was reported to have been on fire, when crews arrived, they had to use only a little bit of water on the smoldering remains of the home.
Westerhouse says residents within 8 to 10 miles said they heard the explosion.
One local shop owner 2 miles from the blast said he felt his shop's windows rattle when the home exploded.
Investigators say although they haven't had luck making contact with the home's owner yet, they do know the home was occupied only during the summer months.
Westerhouse says no one appears to have been in the house at the time of the explosion. He also said the cause of the blast is still a mystery at this point.
A representative from the state fire marshal's office is on the way to the area to jump into the investigation.
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