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Body of 3-year-old found in rubble after Flint house explosion

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Police and firefighters were on the scene of an explosion on Hogarth Avenue on Flint's west side Monday evening.

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Search crews found the body of a 3-year-old girl in the rubble from a Flint house explosion, raising the death toll from Monday night's incident to two.

A 55-year-old woman, who lived in a neighboring house, died at an area hospital after the blast around 9:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of Hogarth Avenue on Flint's west side.

Authorities initially identified the 55-year-old victim as a 70-year-old, but they revised the identity at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. 

The girl's body was found in the rubble of her residence in an area where her parents couldn't get to her after the explosion.

Flint Fire Chief Raymond Barton said a Michigan State Police cadaver dog and fire crews with specialized equipment were searching for the missing 4-year-old Tuesday.

Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley said all residents now are accounted for. 

The 3-year-old's father remains hospitalized in critical condition and another neighbor suffered non-life-threatening injuries after the blast.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police and Flint Fire Department continued looking into the cause of the explosion on Tuesday. They offered few clues into what may have sparked the blast.

Child missing, 1 dead, 2 injured after Flint house explosion

A total of 27 residences in the neighborhood near the I-75 and Miller Road interchange were evacuated Tuesday after Consumers Energy and the city of Flint shut off utilities.

Crews were going through each residence to make sure they are structurally sound and their utilities are in safe condition. Water was turned off to the residences because they also lost natural gas service and city officials were concerned about water pipes freezing.

7 homes heavily damaged on Hogarth Avenue after major explosion

At least 17 residences suffered damage from the explosion, including three that were totally destroyed.

The Flint Blight Team is working to board up windows and doors blown out by the explosion to secure residences.

Neeley encouraged everyone affected by the explosion to call Flint City Hall at 810-410-2020. Staff members are prepared to take names, addresses and a list of needs that affected residents need to recover.

The American Red Cross was caring for five displaced residents on Tuesday. The organization set up a reception and warming center with snacks at St. Pius X down the street at 3139 Hogarth Ave.

Any residents who need help from the explosion should call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Catholic Charities of Genesee and Shiawassee Counties is coordinating an effort to find housing for everyone displaced by the explosion and the loss of utility service in the neighborhood. Anyone who needs housing assistance should call 810-232-9950.

The United Way of Genesee County has established a fund for the community to send donations for people affected by the explosion. Click here for more information.

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