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Cause of House Explosion Still Under Investigation

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LAWTON, Okla._

Fire investigators continued their investigation into a weekend house explosion that severely damaged the home after it was engulfed in flames.

Firefighters battled the fire for nearly two hours. They were called to the fire just after midnight Sunday at Southwest 26th Street and A Avenue.

Fire investigators said the back of the home had been blown out in the blast.

"Fire everywhere, just all flames," said one neighbor.

"The side of the walls on the back are blown out on the structure," said Lawton Assistant Fire Chief Lonnie London.

Rain poured from the sky, smoke and fire billowed from the house just minutes after London said a storm blew through and wreaked havoc on the city.

"A mad house and it's not over," said London.

He said firefighters were already spread across the city responding to several calls when their efforts were suddenly compounded by an explosion.

"We've had multiple alarms as the storm blew through, we had all trucks on the Lawton Fire Department out at the time, so we had a massive cluster getting here," said London.

Neighbor Curtis Welch got out of bed after he was awakened by thunder and then heard something even louder.

"I don't know I thought lightening had struck but it was so loud it sounded like a big explosion," said Welch.

He saID he wasn't the only one to hear it---or feel it.

"My wife come running out of the bedroom, it shook the bed. I opened the door and I couldn't see nothing. All smoke," said Welch.

Firefighters worked well into the early morning hours to get the fire under control. But London said unlike most fires they couldn't fight it from every angle. He said as the rain poured down so did their efforts as a firefighter was raised into the sky.

"It's so involved inside and it's so structurally unsound, we are having to put a hole in the top, putting water in from the outside because we don't want our guys going in," said London.

And while firefighters alongside mother nature doused the house with thousands of gallons of water London said despite what many may think, she did little to help their efforts.

"Absolutely not, the rain pushes the smoke down, the humidity is so high it keeps the smoke pushed down in fact it's actually worse for us," said London.

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