Home in New Jersey leveled by explosion, killing 1 and injuring another

A house exploded in central New Jersey on Thursday, killing one person and seriously injuring another.

The explosion in South River occurred shortly after 7 p.m. and damaged nearby homes, authorities told, part of the USA TODAY Network.

Kevin Gilbert, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from Middlesex County Prosecutor Yolanda Ciccone and South River Police Chief Mark Tinitigan.

The injured person was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the newspaper reported.

What caused the house to explode?

The cause of the explosion is under investigation, according to South River Mayor Peter Guindi.

“It was a horrible scene,” Guindi said. “The windows of the surrounding houses and cars were broken. The garage doors were pushed in. We didn’t know if anyone was in the house. All the houses were evacuated as soon as we got here.”

Photos from the scene show the home was decimated by the explosion and debris is scattered throughout the suburban cul-de-sac.

Firefighters said residents were evacuated safely.

It is the second explosion in Middlesex County in as many days.

A 73-year-old South River woman was killed and four other people were injured in an explosion at a commercial building in Old Bridge on Wednesday. Preliminary information indicates that the explosion is not suspicious in nature and foul play is not suspected. The cause remains under investigation.

This is a developing story.