Stayton, OR – Residents in the Willamette Valley town of Stayton were rocked in the middle of the night by an exploding home.
The home on the 1500 block of East Burnett Street exploded just after 11 p.m. Saturday night. Investigators and crews from Northwest Natural Gas are still trying to figure out what caused the explosion, which left devastation and plenty of rubble.
No one was home at the time, and no one was hurt. Seventeen homes were evacuated nearby.
Police and firefighters evacuated the 17 homes so Northwest Natural Gas crews could turn off the gas. People were allowed back into their homes just before 3 o’clock Sunday morning.
Neighbors reportedly felt the blast from blocks away shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday. Charlie Barham, who lives nearby, said there was one explosion, then a second explosion and chaos.
“We felt the concussion,” said Barham. “We stood there looking at each other like, ‘I wonder if somebody got in a wreck or if they hit something nearby?’ Then I took a look around and it was intense, pretty intense.”
Barham is reported as saying that officials at the scene told residents that “something went wrong” and the house filled with gas before it exploded.