Two hospitalized after duplex explosion in Janesville

Rock County Dispatch confirms several reports of an explosion in Janesville Monday night
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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Two people were taken to the hospital following a house explosion in Janesville Monday night.

The home is located along the 800 block of Hawthorne Avenue, north of downtown Janesville.

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Officials with the Janesville Police Department said the explosion was caused by a lit cigarette and a natural gas leak. The fire department says their initial investigation shows one of the residents said they smelled gas before the other resident lit a cigarette, sparking the explosion at about 9:15 p.m. Monday.

One of those residents is being treated for minor injuries, the other is in serious condition with severe burns, according to the fire department.

A dog that was inside the home is also being treated by a veterinarian for serious burns.

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A person living on the other side of the duplex was not injured and is staying with family Tuesday morning. The duplex is considered a total loss.

The Janesville Fire Department will be back on the scene Tuesday morning to continue their investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 3 Now and Channel 3000 for updates.