Toddler Killed in Explosion, Two Injured

Toddler Killed in Explosion, Two Injured

January 26, 2011 Updated Jan 27, 2011 at 8:13 AM EST

Horseheads, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Authorities are still investigating the cause of a Chemung County home explosion that killed a toddler and left two people severely injured.

It happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, on Joseph Street in Horseheads.

Authorities held a press conference about the incident Wednesday night .

During the conference, Chemung County Undersheriff Bill Schrom said crews found a 15 month old toddler in the debris.

Authorities will not release the name of the toddler until positive identification is made.

However, Action News knows that authorities were looking for a toddler for much of Wednesday.

The Elmira Star Gazette reports they were searching for 15 month old Benjamin Reed, and that Reed's mother, Samantha Stratton and her grandfather, Marvin Hollister, were injured in the explosion.

They were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital and are listed in guarded condition, according to the Gazette.

Neighbors were stunned. Many were evacuated.

Investigators say it may be a while before they can return home.

Investigators and NYSEG crews are looking into natural gas as a potential cause of the explosion.