Guilford home destroyed by explosion

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GUILFORD — Fire safety officials are investigating what has been described as a "massive explosion" early Wednesday morning at a house on Great Blue Heron Drive.

"We are working with the Division of Fire Safety and arson investigators to help determine the cause and origin of this explosion," said Lt. Reg Trayah, of the Vermont State Police's Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Members of the state's explosive ordinances team are also on site.

According to Guilford Fire Chief Jared Bristol, a neighbor called dispatch at 7:05 a.m. to notify the department that a home at 33 Great Blue Heron Drive had exploded.

The Guilford Fire Department learned while en route that an occupant of the home was unaccounted for. In response, Rescue Inc. and the heavy rescue team from the Brattleboro Fire Department were called to assist. In addition, said Bristol, collapse teams were called in from the Keene, N.H., Fire Department and the state of Vermont.

"We worked with the Brattleboro team to get the subject out of the building and transported to the hospital for treatment," said Bristol. The person's name, who is in stable condition, according to Trayah, is being withheld pending notification of kin. He told reporters on the scene that there is nothing to indicate the explosion was drug related.

"I am the commander of the clandestine lab team and I didn't see anything at this point to lead me to believe this was a drug lab that exploded."

Trayah said the damage happened "instantaneously."

The walls of the home were blown out by the explosion, resulting in the roof coming to rest on the building's foundation.

Trayah also said there was no report of the smell of natural gas or propane prior to the explosion.

"There is no evidence at this point to lead us to believe anyone else is in any danger."

Members from the Guilford Fire Department, Brattleboro Fire Department, Keene (New Hampshire) Fire Department, Rescue Inc., State of Vermont Urban Search and Rescue Team, Green Mountain Power, and Guilford Town Highway Department all responded to the scene.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 160.


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