An explosion and fire destroyed two houses Oct. 4 inPaterson, New Jersey, after reports of a strong gas odor.
No residents were reported injured, but 10firefighters were brought to the hospital "as a preventativemeasure," according to an ABC News report.
Residents reported a gas odor in one of the homes onGoshen Street at about 9 a.m. ET. Authorities at the scene reportedly heard gashissing in the house and were able to evacuate people in the area before theexplosion at 9:24 a.m.
PublicService Electric and Gas Co., which serves the area, responded tothe fire department's call by shutting off the gas mains and electricity to allhomes on the street. PSE&G will begin inspections once the debris iscleared.
The utility had no previous reports of gas leaks inthe immediate area and performed routine inspections for the gas pipes andservice lines within the past two years, PSE&G said in a statement. Thepipe in the street, installed in 1986, and the service lines to the twodestroyed houses are made of plastic.
"At this time we do not know the cause of theexplosion but will work with local officials to fully investigate,"PSE&G said.