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Postby Happy Mom » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:17 pm

Crews respond to explosion, house fire in Granger



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Home Explosion
Robert Franklin, South Bend Tribune
Emergency crews extinguish a fire after an explosion at a home located at the corner of Jodie Lynn Drive and Hunters Crossing Drive on Friday, June 19, 2015, in Granger. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN

Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:07 pm | Updated: 5:30 pm, Fri Jun 19, 2015.
CHRISTIAN SHECKLER South Bend Tribune csheckler@sbtinfo.com

GRANGER — Police and fire officials are trying to determine what caused an explosion and fire that heavily damaged a home and left several people, including a police officer, with minor injuries Friday afternoon in Granger.

St. Joseph County police and crews from multiple fire departments responded about 2 p.m. to the scene of the explosion in the 51000 block of Jodie Lynn Drive, in a subdivision at Ash and Adams roads near the Elkhart County line.
Clay Fire Territory Assistant Chief Jaren Kilian said two women and one man were inside the house at the time of the explosion. A county police officer who was on patrol nearby was the first emergency worker to arrive and helped all three people escape, Kilian said.
The police officer, who was "overwhelmed by smoke," and all three occupants were taken to area hospitals to be treated for minor injuries, Kilian said.
St. Joseph County Sheriff Michael Grzegorek said police were told the occupants were a homeowner, her daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend.
Officials said they could not speculate on what caused the explosion, which remained under investigation by fire officials and county police. Fire officials will investigate the cause and origin of the explosion and fire itself, while police are probing the circumstances leading up to the blast.
"Because so much of the home is damaged, it's difficult for us to pinpoint exactly where the origin of the explosion occurred," Kilian said.
Firefighters found explosion damage in the basement, ground level and second floor of the home, mostly centered at the rear of the house, on the northeast side. Fire and smoke damage was spread throughout the house. Fire crews brought the flames under control about 30 minutes after they arrived, Kilian said.
Grzegorek said investigators had been unable to gather evidence inside the home soon after the explosion Friday afternoon because structural damage created hazards.
A neighbor, Sandy Jennings, said she was at home with her grandchildren shortly before 2 p.m. when she heard the blast.
"We were getting ready to eat pizza in the kitchen and we heard a huge explosion," she said.
Jennings said they went outside to investigate and heard family members from the home shouting to one another to get away from the house.
"You could see all their windows blown out," she said.
Most of the yellow, two-story house was intact, but the explosion damaged a large portion at the southeast corner of the home. Siding was ripped from the house, exposing blackened pieces of the wood frame and smoldering insulation.
NIPSCO crews came to the scene to shut off gas and electric power to the damaged house, but Kilian said the explosion posed no apparent threat to nearby homes.
“The explosion was contained to this occupancy,” Kilian said. “I don’t believe at this time there’s going to be any reason for further concern for the neighborhood.”

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Re: Explosion blows House

Postby Bingo » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:06 am

Could it be Meth? :think:
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Re: Explosion blows House

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:08 am

Bingo wrote:Could it be Meth? :think:


That is exactly what I would like to know.... Does anyone know for sure?
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