Cause of explosion at Memphis house under investigation

Fire officials: Memphis house fire caused by apparent meth lab explosion

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - At least two people were injured in a house fire in the Nutbush area.

The explosion happened in the on Maria Street late Wednesday afternoon.

While on the scene, Memphis Fire Department Lt. Robert Ilsley initially said the fire was caused by a meth lab

"There were some bottles in there, some propane bottles, that’s probably what caused the explosion,” Ilsley said.

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MFD later released a report that did not specify the cause of the fire.

WMC Action News 5 received a tip that disputed that it was caused by a meth lab. MFD said Thursday the cause still hasn’t been determined.

The explosion was heard blocks away. A neighbor’s Facebook video showed the moment it happened as Memphis firefighters were stepping off the truck.

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Donnie Bishop lives four blocks away and heard it the explosion.

"I knew it was something over here,” Bishop said. “That's a crystal meth lab. Everybody knows it in the neighborhood. I mean they have police over here every day."

The Memphis Fire Department says one victim went to the hospital and the other declined medical treatment.

Memphis house fire caused by apparent meth lab explosion, firefighters say

Neighbors shared more video of the explosion and many wondered why Memphis police were at this house right before it went up in flames.

"Police just left here about 30 minutes before it blew up,” Bishop said.

An MPD spokesperson released this statement:

“Yes, we did make the scene. However, the supervisor on the scene said at this point there are no indications that the fire was caused by drugs.”

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