Firefighters are still at the scene of an explosion and fire this morning north of Battle Creek that destroyed a house.

Emergency units from several northwest Iowa communities were sent to the Ida County area just before 9:30 a.m. Three people were reported to be injured in the blast and fire at a home. An adult male victim was taken to a Sioux City Hospital and an adult male and female were transported to the Ida Grove Hospital, no word on the extent of their injuries.

Ida County Sheriff Wade Harriman says all three people were in the house at the time of the explosion All three had been removed from inside the house by another person and were outside when firefighters arrived.

Harriman says the State Fire Marshal’s office is conducting the investigation. “That’s a pretty hot scene still, the fire was very hot and so you know as far as determining a cause, you know that could be you know it could be some time before we determine the cause of the explosion,” he says.

The names of the three people that were injured haven’t been released.

(By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ Sioux City/Ryan Thompson, Storm Lake Radio)
(This story was updated to add information from the Sheriff)