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UPDATE: Fitchburg holds debriefing on house explosion for neighborhood

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- City officials still don't know what caused a house to explode in Fitchburg. However, the city's fire chief reassured all residents that the neighborhood is still safe to live in.

The explosion rocked the neighborhood on August 25 on Cheryl Drive. According to a city map of the debris field, more than 20 homes were affected by the blast. 

"The large debris field is similar to a tornado," said Thomas Blatter, Fitchburg's police chief. "People are finding pictures, tax return forms and other personal items."

All of the debris is sitting in dumpsters but will not be thrown away, instead they will be examined as evidence and hopefully belongings will be given back to their owners, according to officials. 

"Remember that everything that was lost is important to somebody. And if you find paperwork, if you find an item of property, you may think it's insignificant to you but bring it to the police department," added David Mahoney, the Dane County sheriff. 

Thursday night's meeting was more of a reassurance gathering with the city's fire chief telling residents the neighborhood is safe to live in. He added that Madison Gas and Electric as well as the city are constantly checking the neighborhood to make sure there aren't any problems with gas lines or other utilities. 

Officials said gas has not been ruled out as a possibility, although MG&E noted there were no leaks to any of their pipes below or above ground on the night of the explosion.

Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher says although it could take a long time to determine a cause of the explosion, the city will get to the bottom of it. 

A Fitchburg alder has created a GoFundMe account to help those affected by the blast. 

The neighborhood is also having a pot-luck meal in the neighborhood on September 7. 

FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- The Fitchburg fire and police departments will hold a neighborhood debriefing on the house explosion that happened a week ago on August 25. 

Emergency response teams, elected officials and other responding agencies will give an update on the affected area. They will also discuss the recovery and clean-up plan. 

The meeting starts at 7:30p.m. at City Hall in Fitchburg. 

No word yet on what caused the house to explode. The homeowner was injured in the blast but is expected to recover. 

Nearby homes were also affected in the explosion. One neighbor told 27 News he had an inspector come out to see if his home was safe to live in. He doesn't expect the inspector to have an answer until next week, meaning several more days living elsewhere. 

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