Utility calls Littlestown house explosion isolated incident

The Associated Press

LITTLESTOWN — A utility company is calling a south-central Pennsylvania house explosion that injured four firefighters — two of them seriously — an isolated incident.

Firefighters observe the rear of a home after an explosion from a gas leak on Friday, March 4, 2016 in Littlestown, Pa. Emergency dispatchers say two people have been hurt in a house explosion in south-central Pennsylvania, but authorities couldn't confirm news reports that those injured were firefighters. (Dan Gleiter/PennLive.com via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT

Dispatchers in Adams County said a gas odor in the Littlestown home was reported shortly after 10:30 a.m. Friday, and the blast occurred 19 minutes later.

Fire chief Chris Morgret said two firefighters were in stable condition at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore and two other firefighters were treated at Gettysburg hospital for minor injuries.

Officials said all had been in the basement when the blast occurred and were able to get out of the house on their own.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania said it conducted a thorough inspection of its system in the neighborhood and “confirmed this was an isolated incident and facilities are operating safely.”