Pet thrown by house explosion in New Jersey found safe; several other pets missing

A rescue group says one pet was found inside his crate and still in his bed.
VINELAND, New Jersey (WPVI) -- The investigation continues into what caused a house explosion in Vineland, New Jersey.

Two women were hurt in Wednesday's blast, which leveled a home on the 3700 block of Cornucopia Avenue.

The homeowner said Thursday both victims are expected to survive.

We also learned that three dogs and a cat are missing in the wake of the explosion. They were among nine being fostered by the homeowners.

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Chopper 6 was live over a house explosion in Vineland, New Jersey on Wednesday afternoon.

Amazingly, some were able to survive despite being thrown by the force of the explosion.

"Melvin was in his crate, he had a bed in there. He was found a little ways from the property, still in his crate, still in his bed, completely untouched," said Nicole Ennis of Tiny Paws Rescue.

Workers with Tiny Paws rescue are hopeful that the missing animals were also lucky enough to survive.

The plan is to use food and toys to help coerce the animals out of the woods.

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A family member tells Action News that his wife and her mother were inside the home at the time of the blast.

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