Morning explosion in neighborhood causes a house fire


EDEN, Md. – Early Monday morning around a quiet neighborhood, some say they heard a loud explosion that sounded like a sonic boom. Someone’s worst nightmare happened, their house was on fire.

“Well when you wake up to a fire next to your neighbor, its kind of scary,” says neighbor Kiersten Yates.

Around 9 a.m. Monday morning, the Allen fire department received a call from neighbor the moment she heard the explosion, but luckily no one was hurt.

The blast allegedly caused a fire in a home that fire marshals say caused $750,000 worth of damage. A friend of those who live there says he was just over at their house the night before, and was in disbelief.

Yates says, “we heard a big explosion and my loft bed shook and I went down stairs and the fire, and it was going out of the garage it was huge.”

Chief State Fire Marshal, Matthew Stevens tells 47 abc, there was no damage to nearby homes but the smoke could be seen from a few miles away according to neighbors.

He also adds, it took about 40 firefighters around 20 minutes to get the flames under control. “No guess on what the explosions could be we’re still getting into where the origins of the fire could be, we’re going to dig around and see what we can find,” says Chief Stevens.

Allen fire department and surrounding fire departments were at the scene, and community members came out to offer coffee and sandwiches to firefighters as they battled the flames and got the smoke under control.

“It’s kind of scary, because this isn’t regular, it’s kind of scary to know that these things can happen,” says Yates.

A close friend of the residents says, “they’re safe I’m glad they’re safe, I don’t know what I’d do if I lost them, I’m glad they made it out okay.”

Investigators say they’re still looking into the fire and what caused the explosion and hope to have answers by the end of the week. The Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal reminds people to continue to check their alarms and always have an escape route. He adds, if it wasn’t for the homeowner’s escape route, they may not have made it out of the fire.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still on-going and we will have more details as they become available.

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