US house explodes; woman, grandson reported dead

A house exploded into flames early on Thursday, killing a woman and her grandson in a blast that was heard miles away and leaving nothing at the site but a large crater filled with debris.

Suffield (US): A house exploded into flames
early on Thursday, killing a woman and her grandson in a blast that
was heard miles away and leaving nothing at the site but a
large crater filled with debris.
Firefighters were still dousing the smoking wreckage as
the victims` family members walked through the debris in
shock. Killed in the explosion were Regina Proudfoot, 63, and
her 21-year-old grandson, Robert Croft, said Portage County
Sheriff David Doak.

"We thought it was an airplane crash in the backyard,"
said Mike Baughman, who lives next door. "We ran to the
windows and saw Regina`s place on fire. And then about a
minute later there was a subsequent explosion."

Investigators have confirmed the explosion was related to
a propane tank in the home, but the exact cause is still under
investigation, said Shane Cartmill, spokesman for the state
fire marshal.
No one else was injured.

The booming blast at about 4 am local time was heard
several miles away by Suffield Township Fire Chief Bob
Rasnick, who said three nearby homes were also damaged from
flying debris.

PTI

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