(CNN)A gas explosion rocked the Kentucky community of Moreland early Thursday, leaving one person dead and setting at least six homes on fire, according to local authorities.
A gas explosion rocks a community and leaves one dead in Kentucky
Lincoln County Coroner Farris Marcum told CNN that Lisa Denise Derringer, 58, was killed.
At least five others were injured, according to Dan Gilliam, the director of Lincoln County Emergency Management, and at least six structures were damaged.
Residents were evacuated after the explosion, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office said. Authorities initially said five to seven people were unaccounted for, but by late Thursday morning detectives had spoken with everyone who lived in the area and did not believe anyone was missing, Trooper Robert Purdy of the Kentucky State Police said.
Gilliam said authorities believe the explosion was the result of a rupture of a 30-inch gas transmission pipeline, but it will take time to definitively determine the cause. "The part of the area that has been compromised -- there's just nothing left," he told reporters, adding some residents may be able to return to their homes by Thursday afternoon.
"There doesn't really look like there's any in-between back there," Gilliam added. "They're either destroyed, or they're still standing."
Purdy said the impacted area is large, and that the siding of a home approximately 400 or 500 yards from the initial explosion had melted off. The area is devoid of grass and trees, he said, and someone at the scene compared it to the surface of Mars.
Sofia Nunez was at home in Moreland when the explosion happened.
"There was a loud noise and it sounded like a tornado was outside our house. When you stepped outside you could hear the flames and feel the heat. It shook the house for nearly 30 minutes after the flames appeared and neighbors' windows were shattered," Nunez told CNN.