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Authorities are working to determine the cause of a house explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion Wednesday afternoon in Evansville damaged 39 homes. Fire Chief Mike Connelly told reporters that crews completed a secondary search Thursday morning of buildings that had been left unstable by the explosion and no more victims were found. He says 11 of the damaged homes were uninhabitable and finding a cause is expected to be a “very tedious" and lengthy process. Connelly says injuries to the fourth victim weren’t considered life-threatening. Evansville is located along Indiana’s border with Kentucky and the blast left debris strewn over a 100-foot radius.

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Emergency personnel search the debris, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Debris hangs from a damaged home, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Evansville, Ind., as authorities work to determine the cause of a house explosion that killed three people and left another person hospitalized. The explosion the day before damaged 39 homes. (MaCabe Brown/Evansville Courier & Press via AP)

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Authorities say three people were killed when a house exploded in the southern Indiana city of Evansville. David Anson, chief deputy coroner for Vanderburgh County, told The Associated Press that the identities of the people who died in the explosion Wednesday will not be released until the next of kin has been notified. Evansville police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray says at least one other person was injured. Fire Chief Mike Connelly has said a total of 39 houses were damaged by the explosion at around 1 p.m. He said the department has not confirmed how many of the houses were occupied when the explosion. The cause of the explosion has not been determined, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating.

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Cuban authorities say a fire set off by a lightning strike at an oil storage facility is raging uncontrolled in the city of Matanzas, where four explosions and flames injured 121 people and left 17 firefighters missing. An unidentified body was found late Saturday. Officials say firefighters and other specialists are still trying to quell the blaze at the Matanzas Supertanker Base, where the fire began during a thunderstorm Friday night. Officials say lightning set one tank on fire and the blaze spread to a second tank. The accident comes as Cuba struggles with fuel shortages. A nearby neighborhood was evacuated.