House explosion: Preliminary investigation identifies ruptured propane line

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GUILFORD >> On July 27, at just past 7 a.m., Vermont State Police-Westminster Barracks received a Emergency 911 call advising of a house explosion at 33 Great Blue Heron Drive. The Vermont State Police and the Guilford Fire Department were immediately dispatched.

Upon arrival, it was discovered the residence had completely exploded and the homeowner was entrapped inside the basement. Emergency crews were able to extricate the homeowner within an hour and he was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

After a preliminary investigation, investigators reached a conclusion it may have been caused by a ruptured propane gas line within the basement of the residence. At this time, it is unknown what caused the line to rupture or what ignited the leaked propane vapor. The investigation is ongoing and detectives are still examining evidence and information collected at the scene.

The homeowner remains hospitalized at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, in Lebanon, N.H., with non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the explosion is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Tyson Kinney of the Vermont State Police-Westminster Barracks at 802-722-4670.

In addition to the Vermont State Police and the Guilford Fire Department, members of the Brattleboro Fire Department, Keene, N.H., Fire Department, Rescue Inc., Vermont Urban Search and Rescue Team, Green Mountain Power, and Guilford Town Highway Department all responded to the scene.


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