Atwood, PA – A propane explosion leveled a home and sent one person to the hospital with burns Friday afternoon.
According to fire officials, George Shish, no age available, of 158 Atwood-Sugar Run Road, was flown by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital after suffering burns in the explosion and fire at his home just before 4 p.m. Friday.
Firefighters from Elderton, Rural Valley, Creekside and Plumville poured water on the smoldering remains of the home for several hours. Firefighters pulled down several parts of the structure that were charred and weakened.
The force of the explosion burned the grass for nearly 20 feet in every direction around the house and sent wood and chimney bricks flying about 100 feet from the home.
Elderton Fire Department Chief Mark Spence said the state police fire marshal was at the scene Friday evening to determine the cause of the fire.
“Right now, from what we were able to get from the homeowner, was that he had smelled propane in his basement and had gone to investigate,” Spence said. “At some point after that, he hit the igniter on his stove and the house exploded.”
Spence said he had not spoken directly to Shish, but was gathering information from the Citizens Ambulance personnel who treated him prior to him being flown from the scene.
“I don’t know how badly he was burned or what percentage of his body was burned, but he was apparently able to talk to the paramedics and give them information,” he said.
It was not known if anyone else lived in the home with Shish or if there had been any pets in the home. No injuries were reported among firefighters at the scene.