Investigators combing rubble at Florissant house explosion for clues

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FLORISSANT, MO (KPLR) – Investigators are trying to discover what caused a house in Florissant to explode Sunday afternoon.

The intense fire that followed is making it difficult to reach a conclusion but the fact that three people were home when the house in the 800 block of Pershall Road exploded, and yet all three made it out alive, is remarkable.

Finding out what caused it to explode is difficult and tedious, especially since the blast was followed by an intense fire.

Fire investigators from the Florissant Police Department along with agents from ATF and crews from Laclede Gas were at the scene most of the day, Monday.

So far there is no word about what caused the explosion but they know what did not.

Laclede Gas says the house had gas service, but that all of its equipment was tested and found to be in good working order and that the Public Service Commission has agreed with those findings.

According to the family attorney, the three people who lived here were all inside the home when it exploded. He would not share what his clients have told him about what happened.

The home is owned by Bob Malaway, 56. Living with him was his brother Nick, 53. Nick`s teenage son Scott had been visiting.

According to the attorney for the Malaway family, Bob is in critical but stable condition and may be hospitalized for as long as a month. His brother Nick is stable and could go home in a couple of days. Nick`s son Scott was not hurt at all, perhaps because he was in the basement when the explosion happened.

Late Monday, investigators were seen wrapping a stove in plastic and taking it away.