A house exploded in the central Wisconsin town of Rome on Tuesday afternoon, leaving one person dead.
The blast occurred around 2 p.m. local time, according to local reports. Images from the scene show a hole where the home’s foundation was located and debris littered around the scene. Nearby homes were also damaged from the explosion.
Officials have not identified the person who died, but a friend described the victim positively as “an avid fisherman.”
“He was a sportsman and all around good guy,” Michael Moyer said, according to local ABC-affiliate WISN. The man lived at the home with his wife, according to friends, who told the outlet she was not home when the blast occurred.
Investigators reportedly suspect a natural gas leak caused the explosion.
“All indications from previous gas explosions are very similar to a gas explosion, but until the [Division of Criminal Investigation] comes through with their fire investigators to go through the rubble and determine what it was, unknown at this time,” said Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen.
The incident Tuesday followed two other home explosions in other parts of the country over the last several days. One of those explosions was also fatal.
An explosion at a Texas home on July 19 left six people injured and damaged other nearby homes. Officials with natural gas company Atmos Energy responded to the scene, along with first responders.
Local radio station KRLD reported Monday the Texas blast could have been a suicide attempt, citing unnamed sources. Investigators reportedly recovered a suicide note at the scene and gas stove burners found among the debris were turned to the on position.