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Mobile Home Explosion

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -- Four people were injured after a fire and explosion at a mobile home in the Prairie Oaks Manufactured Home community on Bowling Road, just after 2:30 p.m. on Monday.

Cedar Rapids police were still cleaning up evidence and neutralizing any other possible explosive substances in the house by 10 p.m., though investigators could not confirm what caused the explosion.

Neighbors in the area said the situation was scary and suspicious.

"(I was) just sitting there minding my own business -- all of the sudden I heard a big kaboom and a little bit of a rattle, went outside to look, didn't see nothing. Next thing I know, here comes fire trucks and (I) come out and here this trailer here blew up," said Tracy Ryan, who lives on the west side of the community.

The buckled siding and charred windows on the mobile home are enough to indicate that an explosion did indeed happen there.

"Other than that, nobody knows what's going on," Ryan said.

As police tried to figure out exactly what exploded in the house -- where infrared security cameras line the windows and doors -- neighbors said they never expected anything like this to happen in their quiet community.

"No, not this many times, especially in two months? It's kind of scary," said neighbor Vendetta Chesmore.

It was just two months ago, and just across the street from Monday's explosion, that another, bigger explosion happened.

"The first one was kind of wild, because they didn't want the fire department, but I called the fire department anyway. And they told me not to, but I did anyway," said Ryan.

Greg Buelow with the Cedar Rapids Fire Department said the cause of that explosion was a meth lab.

The lingering possibility that anything could have caused Monday's explosion is making folks feel unsettled.

"It's kind of scary, you know, because she's got little kids that come out and play, and there's other little kids in the trailer court. You never know what could happen from day to day," said Chesmore, talking about another neighbor and her children.

Despite that, neighbors said they still felt safe.

"If you find a cop car out here, it had to be something stupid," Ryan said.

The 30-year-old woman and her 7-year-old daughter who live in the house were transported to St. Luke's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A 34-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy who were visiting the family were also treated for minor injuries on the scene.
 
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