House explosion injures 6 in Wisconsin

Witnesses describe fiery house explosion
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  • A firefighter and police officer are among the injured
  • Two residents and a neighbor and a passerby who came to their aid were also hurt
  • Video from the scene shows firefighters dousing the debris with water
  • The cause of the blast is not clear, fires department spokeswoman says
A house explosion in a northern suburb of Milwaukee on Saturday injured six people, including a firefighter and a police officer, fire officials said.
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear, but is under investigation, said Kerry Wenzel, a spokeswoman with the North Shore Fire Department.
Video from CNN affiliate WISN showed a gaping hole where a house once stood, as firefighters doused the debris with water.
Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said three structures were involved in the incident -- the house that was destroyed and those on either side of it.
Among the injured were two residents, a neighbor and a passerby, both of whom tried to assist those inside, he said.
The injured police officer was treated for smoke inhalation, while the firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion, the chief said.