(Reuters) - Five New Jersey utility workers were injured in a house explosion while responding to reports of a gas leak on Tuesday, a utility official said.
Homes in the area had already been evacuated when the blast in Stafford Township, about 85 miles south of Newark, took place at mid-morning, said Michael Kinney, spokesman for New Jersey Natural Gas.
"Currently, we have crews on the scene to make it safe as well as to identify the cause," Kinney said.
Those injured were all New Jersey Natural Gas employees and were transported to local hospitals, Kinney said.
Robert Cavanaugh, a spokesman for Southern Ocean Medical Center, where some of the workers were treated, said the extent of the workers' injuries was not immediately known.
(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg and Laila Kearney in New York; Editing by Susan Heavey)