Explosion, house fire leaves 2 people burned

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Updated: 07/24/2021 09:06 AM

BARTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating an detonation and location occurrence that happened successful Barton adjacent West Bend connected Friday, July 23. 

Officials were notified of the incidental astatine a azygous household residence adjacent Norman and Jeanellen astir 8:18 p.m. Friday night.

"At astir 8:21 p.m. past nighttime we got dispatched for the study of an explosion. Flames were disposable and injuries. First portion was connected country wrong 5 minutes and came to a afloat progressive house," said Batallion Chief Jeff Gustafson from the West Bend Fire Department.

Officials accidental determination were 2 occupants astatine the location during the explosion. Both received terrible burns. They were taken by ambulance to a section infirmary and past med flighted to a determination pain unit. 

A household subordinate connected country told CBS 58 that the victims stay successful captious condition. 

Gustafson said neighbors adjacent played a relation successful making definite the radical successful the location made it retired arsenic harmless arsenic possible.

"Hats disconnected to the neighbors, they assisted successful evacuating the victims of the existent occurrence gathering and they did a large job," said Gustafson.

The neighbour adjacent doorway to the damaged location didn't privation to spell connected camera, but told CBS 58 helium went extracurricular arsenic soon arsenic helium heard the explosion, reasoning it was lightning. He past said helium saw the occurrence and noticed 1 of the occupants of the location was retired but but the different wasn't. That's erstwhile helium said helium went successful the blazing location and got the past occupant out. He said his neighbour inhaled a batch of fume and had terrible 3rd grade burns. 

The residence sustained terrible harm owed to the fire, fume and water. Officials accidental the location and its contents are a full loss. Preliminary harm estimates were believed to transcend $300,000. 

Traffic to the country was unopen down for astir 4 hours, officials say. Neighboring residences were besides temporarily evacuated. Minor harm occurred to a neighboring home.

A witnesser connected country past nighttime to CBS 58 what helium saw.

"I was listening to the constabulary scanner and I heard a telephone spell retired for a location occurrence up the roadworthy from me. I stepped retired of my location and saw truly heavy acheronian fume and during the transmission really heard ammunition going disconnected successful the inheritance of the transmission," said Erik Herron. "I was virtually down the location adjacent capable that I felt the vigor and had ashes really screen maine astatine 1 point."

The origin of the occurrence remains nether investigation.

Deputies with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and West Bend Fire Department officials reported to the scene. Several surrounding agencies assisted with the call. 


Published: 07/23/2021 09:53 PM

WEST BEND, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Firefighters are battling a monolithic location occurrence successful West Bend Friday night, July 23.

Multiple occurrence departments are responding to Norman Drive successful the municipality of Barton.

A occurrence authoritative connected country tells america this is presently considered a three-alarm fire. 

Due to a deficiency of occurrence hydrants successful the neighborhood, crews are sending successful tankers of h2o to assistance combat the blaze.

This is simply a processing story. CBS 58 has a unit connected country moving to stitchery much details.

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