|Two dead, at least three hurt in Troy Township house explosion|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 17 September 2013 05:58|
“At this time cause is unknown,” said Capt. Scott Frank of the Wood County Sheriff’s Office. “Initially four victims were found outside the residence. They were transported by squads and two Life Flights or two medical helicopters.”
One person, a male, who was transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, reportedly died after arrival at the hospital. The body of an individual believed to be a female was later found in the rubble. The names of the victims were not available this morning.
The Wood County Auditor’s website lists the home, at 23415 Stony Ridge Road near Strail Road, northwest of Luckey, as being owned by James and Jahn Richards.
The explosion was reported at around 5 a.m. at the single-story home, situated on just over an acre of property, according to the auditor’s website. A pole barn is located near the rear of the property. Some 911 callers initially reported the incident as a house fire.
“I have been in the fire service 22 years, and I have not seen destruction like this,” said Brad Gilbert, Wood County Emergency Management Director, just after he arrived at the scene.
The body was discovered by Troy Township firefighters, working with the Sheriff’s Office, State Fire Marshal, and Wood County Coroner, just before 11 a.m.
Jan Irsak, who lives across Stony Ridge Road from the site, reported hearing the explosion.
“I was in bed, and the house exploded, apparently, across the street, and it just woke me up and I just sat up in bed and thought ‘What was that?’” Irsak indicated that items were blown off the walls of her home due to the force of the explosion.
She and her children looked out the window, and she said her husband, John, initially checked their basement, thinking the explosion originated in their home.
However, one of their daughters then glimpsed flames outside.
“There’s a fire across the street,” Irsak recalled her saying.
Irsak’s husband called 911, and other neighbors across the street reportedly ran to the flaming debris.
Irsak indicated that neighbors pulled two people, who she identified as sons of the family living in the destroyed home, from the devastation.
“The man of the house was yelling for help, and everything, and calling out for his wife,” she said.
Irsak said that no damage was done to her home.
Frank said that, as of 7:30 a.m., fire departments were working to put out hot spots at the scene. At least four fire departments, including Troy Township, Lake Township, and Pemberville-Freedom Township, were called in.
Frank also indicated that the State Fire Marshal had already sent agents to the site to investigate, and more agents were expected. A sheriff’s detective was called to the scene, which Frank indicated is standard procedure in such investigations, and a detective-lieutenant was sent to one of the hospitals.
Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene to help deal with traffic on the road.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 12:50|
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