NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) — A New Haven home likely exploded around Thursday afternoon, hurting one person and destroying the structure.

Fire crews were called around 4:20 p.m. to a home along Woodmere Drive, off Moeller Road near Hartzell Road.

Fire officials at the scene told WANE 15 that neighbors heard what they thought was an explosion at the home. A photo shared with WANE 15 shows the home fully engulfed in flames. A minivan sitting in the driveway appeared to have its windows blown out.

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A home on Woodmere Drive in New Haven destroyed by fire is shown Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

One person was home at the time of the fire and has been hospitalized with serious injuries, fire officials said. Neighbors pulled the man from the home, WANE 15 learned.

According to the homeowner, the victim was a plumber who was working at the home while the homeowner was away. The man, said to be in his 70s, was badly burned and was airlifted to an Indianapolis burn unit.

The homeowner said he lost everything in the blaze. He lived at the home with his daughter and girlfriend, he said.

Investigators are working with the State Fire Marshal’s Office to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire was deemed under control in an hour, fire officials said. The investigation is ongoing.

Donations were being collected to support the family, according to the Meadowbrook News Facebook page.

A post in the Meadowbrook News Facebook page is shown on a cell phone on Friday, Jan. 28, 2022.

A GoFundMe for the family can be accessed here if you wish to donate.

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