Jun 27, 2011 6:57 PM by Jay Kohn

House explodes in Powell; natural gas likely source

POWELL, WYOMING - A home south of Powell, Wyoming was destroyed Sunday night when it exploded and burned to the ground.

Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah tells Q2 News that no one was injured in the blast, but the force of the explosion damaged another home in the same subdivision.

Darrah says no one was in the home at the time of the explosion. The homeowners had left Sunday morning on a trip to Florida.

Darrah says although the investigation into the cause of the explosion is still on-going, he believes natural gas was the likely source.

Fire Crews were first called to the scene just before 11pm Sunday night, to 4 Llama Drive in the Riverside Subdivision, about a mile and half south of Powell.

Chief Darrah says the blast was felt and heard up to a mile and a half away, and scattered debris 200 feet in all directions.

The blast also caused a major fire that Powell fire fighters battled until around 2:30 Monday morning. Crews had to be called back to the scene Monday afternoon, when some of the hot spots rekindled.

Darrah believes fire crews poured as much as 50-thousand gallons of water on the blaze.

One house directly across the street from the home that blew up, suffered some damage. Darrah says one neighor was also blown off his couch by the force of the blast.

Darrah says the house destroyed in the explosion was built in 2001, and is described as a "higher end" home.

The investigation into what may have caused the blast is just now getting underway.


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