EbeneNews – United States – Teenage girl dies in home explosion, officials say caused by propane leak

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    Families in a quiet Oklahoma City neighborhood were shocked Thursday morning after a family of four’s home was blown up, killing a teenager

    « They’re a sweet family – just the nicest people – and I’m heartbroken for them, » Patti Woodard, a neighbor of the family, told ABC News affiliate KOCO.

    Investigators say the cause of the explosion was a propane lighter inside their fireplace that did not comply with code

    « Wood lighters are illegal, » said Nicholas Nadeau, investigator for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Administration in Oklahoma « They don’t have a pilot safety shutdown So if the flame goes out, you just go build up propane vapor inside a residence which will cause an explosion « 

    « The father kept saying he plugged in the coffee maker and was electrocuted and the house blew up He kept saying that a thousand times, » said his neighbor Patty Wommer to KOCO « His clothes were in tatters everywhere The explosion almost blew his clothes off »

    Nadeau said the explosion could have been set off by the father trying to plug in his coffee machine or even turn on a light

    Wommer said the father came out of the house to call his children He was taken to hospital in serious condition along with the rest of the family, who needed treatment for burns

    Benny Fulkerson, district information officer for Oklahoma City firefighters, told KOCO responding to the blast was moving Dozens of firefighters arrived on the scene to find debris strewn everywhere

    « Obviously you never want to see a child lost in this It’s hard, » he said « We’re here to help you when we can Our hearts go out to the family for sure »

    Oklahoma City explosion

    EbeneNews – United States – Teenage girl dies in home explosion, officials say, caused by propane leak



    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/ebenenews-united-states-teenage-girl-dies-in-home-explosion-officials-say-caused-by-propane-leak/?remotepost=326022

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