Laurel, DE – Propane gas is believed to have caused

an explosion that flattened a residence outside

Laurel late Monday, injuring several family

members, according to Laurel Fire Chief Steve

Brittingham.

The parents and three children, inside the residence

when the explosion occurred, were taken to area

hospitals, including Peninsula Regional Medical

Center in Salisbury, Brittingham said.

Their conditions were not immediately available.

The residence is at 31332 Dogwood Lane, a

community of about six homes in the immediate

area.

One firefighter said flames were not visible when

emergency crews arrived at about 9:45 p.m., leading

authorities to immediately suspect gas.

No other residences in the area were evacuated,

Brittingham said, adding that an investigation into

the cause of the explosion continues.