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House explosion in New Jersey caught on police dash cam

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This picture of the house explosion was provided from dash cam video by the Stafford Township Police Department This picture of the house explosion was provided from dash cam video by the Stafford Township Police Department

Fifteen people were injured, including six firefighters and seven gas company employees, during a home explosion in Ocean County, New Jersey Tuesday morning. 

The explosion and subsequent fire happened just after 10:30 a.m. at 59 Oak Avenue in Stafford Township. 

Dash cam video from a Stafford Township police cruiser was recording when the Oak Avenue home blew up.

Stafford Township Mayor John Spodofora said approximately 75 homes in the area had been evacuated after some residents complained of a gas odor.

Workers with New Jersey Natural Gas were called to the scene to investigate, and t some point during their investigation, an explosion occurred.

Officials say six firefighters, seven gas company employees and two EMS were injured in the explosion. Two gas workers are in critical condition and were taken to Atlantic Trauma Center, according to an official from NJ Natural Gas.

Authorities say the explosion leveled at least one home and nothing remains except a block basement. Officials say that several homes on the block were also damaged.

NJ Natural Gas says the gas service has been turned off at the main. And about three-hundred homes have had their gas and electric service shut off. Crews will be on the scene throughout the night until service is restored. 

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