EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Authorities gave updates during an 5:00 p.m. press conference on the August 10 explosion in the 1000 block of N Weinbach. CenterPoint spokesperson, Natalie Hedde, said that residents who live within Weinbach Avenue to Bellaire Avenue to Vogel Road as well as the east side of Hercules Avenue, should expect to remain without natural gas and electricity until the investigation is complete.

Evansville Fire Chief Mike Conelly said the investigation is being led by the State Fire Marshall’s Office. He also said that the investigation area (1010, 1008 and 1012 Weinbach Avenue) will be fenced in on Friday around 9 a.m. to reduce the footprint of isolation around the site.

Conelly retracted his previous statement that the explosion was accidental saying the cause is still undetermined. Officials say the road is being cleaned up for foot traffic but is not ready to be opened to vehicle traffic due to possible puncture hazards.

The Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office has identified the three deceased as Charles Hite, 43; Martina Hite, 37; and Jessica Teague, 29. Evansville Fire Chief Mike Conelly said that only one other person was injured.

Officials say eleven homes have been deemed uninhabitable. Three victims have been reported deceased. Authorities say two of the people who died were inside the house that exploded, while the other person died in a house next door.

Image of Charles and Martina Hite – Courtesy: Full Gospel Mission

Full Gospel Mission has set up a gofundme to help cover funeral costs for Charles and Martina Hite. For more information, check the fundraiser page here.

The American Red Cross is helping out, and fourteen families have been displaced due to the explosion. No other victims have been found.

EFD Chief Mike Conelly’s 2:00 p.m. briefing.
EFD Chief Mike Conelly’s 11:00 a.m. briefing.

More details soon.