Residents of a quiet North Stamford neighborhood were in shock after a house on Webbs Hill Rd. exploded.
"Just a loud explosion, and actually, it knocked me to the ground," said one resident.
"It shook me on the way home, actually, because you know, you just never know what you're going to come home to," said Monique Verma, who lives in the neighborhood.
"It shook us of course, just right around the corner from the house," said Raj Verma.
Debris was scattered across a 400 foot radius. Fire and smoke rose from the destroyed home, and could be seen for miles. Two nearby homes were also damaged.
"Fire, police and EMS were immediately dispatched," said Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, "and they got to the scene several minutes later at which time they found a house completely gone."
"It was a scene out of hell, it really was," said Jonathan Fontneau, chief of Stamford police. "The house was leveled. Smoke. There was debris in the trees, glass shards."
"Although it's not concluded, is that it is a gas explosion from with inside the house," said Pavia.
Officials say a 500 pound propane tank that was underground near the home could be the cause. Pavia says the homeowner was right outside his house when it exploded. He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
"Fortunately he was not in the house and avoided serious injury if not death," said Pavia.
"This is a quiet area and everybody sort of knows each other, and cares for each other, and that's been most of everyone's concern here," said a resident, who did not want to appear on camera.
"We were just on our way home now and we just wanted to make sure that the neighbors and everyone was ok," said Verma.
Greenwich and New Canaan fire crews were also at the scene, helping Stamford firefighters and police.
[As of Tuesday evening] Officials say firefighters are still maintaining a propane tank fire, which seems to be the cause of the explosion. Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.