Fire Engulfs Home After Explosion

By Stephanie Parkinson
By Eric Dutkiewicz

Fire Engulfs Home After Explosion

July 14, 2012 Updated Oct 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) –Fire engulfed a home on the 1600 block of Bayer Avenue shortly after an explosion was heard. It happened around noon on Saturday.

Neighbors from blocks away reported hearing the explosion.

"Just one loud, boom. Dust was blowing, and the whole house shook," said Rose Heintzelman, heard the explosion.

That's when Rose walked outside.

"We came outside, I mean it was already apart, the house was blown up," said Rose.

A short while later Rose and her neighbors’ saw the flames start shooting up from the debris.

"The flames, you know, you could feel the heat," said Rose.

When a building collapses, like this home did, it makes fighting the fire much more difficult.

"It creates void spaces, basically areas for the fire to remain burning and so we need to use extra heavy equipment, excavators, backhoes to be able to move that out of the way to get to the seat of the fire," said Chief Amy Biggs, Fort Wayne Fire Department.

A lot of debris was thrown from the house meaning investigators have even more of an area to canvas as they look into what led to this fire.

"We'll be working with our investigators to meticulously to go through and try to find a cause and origin," said Chief Biggs.

Chief Biggs says it will take quite some time before they figure out what caused the explosion.

One person was hurt. He was taken to a nearby hospital. There is no word yet on his condition.

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