A ruptured gas line is to blame for an explosion Friday morning that destroyed two homes in Virden, Man., and sent one of the homeowners to hospital.

The explosion happened just after 9 a.m. in a house on Thompson Place, a small cul de sac in the town, about 80 kilometres west of Brandon.

RCMP say officers found the house fully engulfed in flames, and the house next door also caught fire and was totally destroyed.

Heather Reimer, a reporter with CJ103 radio in Virden, spoke with people at the scene who described feeling the blast.