17:23 GMT22 February 2020
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    Houston police turned to Twitter on Friday, saying that they are responding to a building explosion in a northwest Houston neighbourhood.

    At least two people have been killed in a massive explosion at an industrial building in Houston, Texas, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said during a press conference on Friday.

    "We do have confirmed fatalities in this case, at least two confirmed fatalities," Acevedo told reporters.

    Acevedo said the Houston Police Department has initiated a criminal investigation into the incident, but pointed out that there is no evidence at present the incident was an act of terrorism.

    The blast that occurred at around 4:25 a.m. local time between Gessner and Steffani Lane in the Westbranch neighbourhood has left debris scattered around the area and windows in nearby houses broken, according to eyewitnesses.

    ​A man told KTRK-TV that he saw a bloodied person walking around, while the Houston Fire Department reported that one person has been transported to the hospital.

    ​After the blast, the fire continued to burn and the firefighters have asked reporters to stay away from the scene.

    ​The cause of the incident remains unknown so far. At the same time, the police have asked all traffic to avoid the area.

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