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Investigators digging through rubble of house explosion

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- -

Investigators don't know yet if anyone was in a house that exploded Wednesday on Madison's southwest side.

Fire Chief Steven A. Davis said the house on Stratton Way.was completely destroyed.

The first firefighting units arrived at 2:04 p.m. and noted that the structure was a total loss, Davis said.

The fire department currently is in search and rescue mode and Davis said they don't know yet if anyone was in the house. They currently are trying to contact the homeowners, Davis said.

One civilian was injured, and a firefighter received minor injuries.

"Based on the size of the incident, we will not allow residents to be into the scene tonight," Davis said.

The Red Cross is on scene and residents who live in the area are being asked to check in with police who will assist with retrieving valuables and medications and help with finding lodging for tonight.

A witness reported that it "looks like it exploded with no standing structure."

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