Two story residence explodes, believed to be gas explosion

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - A two story residence exploded Thursday night near the Sterling Highway. According to Trooper Dispatch, AST responded just after 10 p.m. on Thursday to a report of an explosion near mile 165 of the Sterling Highway.

Upon arrival, they found the debris of the residence was blocking the highway. The house was completely destroyed, and the roof flew 150 to 200 yards across the road. The cause is believed to be a gas explosion.

There were no reports of injuries, as the house was determined to be unoccupied at the time of the blast. Homer Electric Association and Enstar responded, and secured the utilities. The road was cleared by 4:25 Friday morning.

Although no foul play is suspected, an investigation continues.