Lowell Home Explodes, Killing One
September 10, 2013
Indiana - A man was killed when a powerful explosion leveled an Indiana home Monday night, sending debris flying up to 150 yards away, the local fire chief said. Fire officials learned of the explosion at 7:22 p.m., said Chief Clint Gorball of the Lowell Fire Department. When Gorball arrived at the scene in the 100 block of East 181st Avenue, one home lay completely in ruins, he said. Part of a home next door had caught fire.
The body of a man in his 40s was found in the basement of the destroyed home, Gorball said. The man has not yet been identified, according to a release from the Lake County, Ind. coroner's office.
Firefighters searched the home next door for survivors until officials determined that both occupants of the home, a father and his adult son, had been elsewhere at the time of the explosion.
A firefighter who suffered a minor injury at the scene was treated and released from a local hospital.
About a dozen fire departments assisted Lowell authorities, Gorball said.
Officials are still working to determine the cause of the blast.
"Nothing has been ruled at this point," Gorball said.
Written by Adam Sege
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