The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 28, 2012

Propane tank explodes; woman, grandsons flee home

KREAMER — A propane tank apparently exploded in the basement area of a home at 2934 Freeburg Road on Monday, drawing about 30 fire and rescue personnel from five departments to extinguish the flames.

The initial explosion, which occurred shortly before 8 p.m., sounded like ammunition going off, said a fire policeman on the scene, who described it as a series of “clings” and “clangs” and “loud pops.”

Connie Laudenslager and her grandsons were home at the time, and she said everyone escaped the house unharmed. “We have some slight damage,” she said, “but we’re all OK, thank goodness.”

Laudenslager was unsure what happened. Wiping her brow and talking with friends at about 9 p.m., she hugged her companions, relieved that no one was hurt.

Kreamer Fire Chief Shannon Moyer also couldn’t say what happened.

“This is still under investigation,” he said, “but we think it was propane. I can’t tell you why this happened yet. It’s under investigation.”

Moyer was waiting until it was deemed safe to go inside and examine the basement.

He said the fire was under control and extinguished in about 30 minutes.

Moyer said all of his firefighters were OK. “No injuries,” he said.

Assisting the Kreamer Fire Company were fire and rescue personnel from Middleburg, Freeburg, Selinsgrove and Kratzerville.

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