59-year-old woman killed in explosion that destroyed half of Southgate house

59-year-old woman killed in explosion that destroyed half of Southgate house


>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS>>Announcer: LOCAL 4 NEWS
BEGINS RIGHT NOW WITH A BEGINS RIGHT NOW WITH A
BREAKING NEWS ALERT. BREAKING NEWS ALERT.
>>>THAT BREAKING NEWS IS>>>THAT BREAKING NEWS IS
HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN
SOUTHGATE. SOUTHGATE.
WHERE WE’VE LEARNED A WOMAN WHERE WE’VE LEARNED A WOMAN
WAS KILLED IN A HOUSE WAS KILLED IN A HOUSE
EXPLOSION. EXPLOSION.
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR
LOCAL 4 NEWS AT NOON I’M LOCAL 4 NEWS AT NOON I’M
EVROD CASSIMY. EVROD CASSIMY.
LET’S GET RIGHT OUT TO JASON LET’S GET RIGHT OUT TO JASON
COLTHORP. COLTHORP.
HE JOINS US LIVE NOW IN A HE JOINS US LIVE NOW IN A
NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR FOURTH NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR FOURTH
STREET AND EUREKA. STREET AND EUREKA.
JASON I UNDERSTAND HAVE YOU JASON I UNDERSTAND HAVE YOU
NEW INFORMATION ON WHAT NEW INFORMATION ON WHAT
MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THIS MIGHT HAVE CAUSED THIS
EXPLOSION? EXPLOSION?
>>YOU COULD SEE THE AERIALS>>YOU COULD SEE THE AERIALS
JUST A MOMENT AGO. JUST A MOMENT AGO.
LET ME GIVE YOU A BIRD’S-EYE LET ME GIVE YOU A BIRD’S-EYE
VIEW FROM A BACKYARD HERE. VIEW FROM A BACKYARD HERE.
THIS IS THE BACK SIDE OF THIS IS THE BACK SIDE OF
THIS HOUSE THAT WAS BLOWN UP THIS HOUSE THAT WAS BLOWN UP
EARLIER THIS MORNING ABOUT EARLIER THIS MORNING ABOUT
9:30 WHEN A SERIES OF 9:30 WHEN A SERIES OF
EXPLOSIONS HAPPENED. EXPLOSIONS HAPPENED.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THERE INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THERE
WERE OXYGEN TANKS IN THIS WERE OXYGEN TANKS IN THIS
HOUSE WITH A WOMAN WHO’S 59 HOUSE WITH A WOMAN WHO’S 59
YEARS OLD. YEARS OLD.
SHE’S THE HOMEOWNER SHE HAS SHE’S THE HOMEOWNER SHE HAS
DIED IN THIS EXPLOSION. DIED IN THIS EXPLOSION.
NEIGHBORS WHO KNEW HER A NEIGHBORS WHO KNEW HER A
LITTLE BIT SAY SHE’S BEEN LITTLE BIT SAY SHE’S BEEN
HERE FOR YEARS. HERE FOR YEARS.
BUT IN THE MOST RECENT YEARS, BUT IN THE MOST RECENT YEARS,
HAS BEEN ILL AND HASN’T HAS BEEN ILL AND HASN’T
GOTTEN OUT OF THE HOUSE VERY GOTTEN OUT OF THE HOUSE VERY
MUCH. MUCH.
AND THEN THIS HAPPENED THIS AND THEN THIS HAPPENED THIS
MORNING. MORNING.
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO, TAKE A LOOK AT SOME VIDEO,
AGAIN, FROM ABOVE. AGAIN, FROM ABOVE.
YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW MUCH YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW MUCH
DAMAGE HAPPENED TO THIS DAMAGE HAPPENED TO THIS
HOUSE AND IT JUST ROCKED HOUSE AND IT JUST ROCKED
THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HERE IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD HERE IN
SOUTHGATE. SOUTHGATE.
LISTEN TO WHAT NEIGHBORS LISTEN TO WHAT NEIGHBORS
HEARD AND FELT WHEN THIS HEARD AND FELT WHEN THIS
HAPPENED THIS MORNING. HAPPENED THIS MORNING.
>>I WAS IN BED WATCHING>>I WAS IN BED WATCHING
Q.V.C. AND I HEARD THIS Q.V.C. AND I HEARD THIS
HORRIBLE LOUD BOOM. HORRIBLE LOUD BOOM.
I THOUGHT SOMETHING HAD HIT I THOUGHT SOMETHING HAD HIT
THE HOUSE. THE HOUSE.
THEN SECONDS LATER ANOTHER THEN SECONDS LATER ANOTHER
HORRIBLE BOOM. HORRIBLE BOOM.
AND EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING AND EVERYBODY WAS RUNNING
OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE.
I CAME OUT AND CAME DOWN THE I CAME OUT AND CAME DOWN THE
FRONT STEPS AND LOOKED AND FRONT STEPS AND LOOKED AND
SAW A HORRIBLE FIRE. SAW A HORRIBLE FIRE.
JUST THAT HOUSE BURNING AND JUST THAT HOUSE BURNING AND
HOPING AND PRAYING THAT NO HOPING AND PRAYING THAT NO
ONE WAS INSIDE. ONE WAS INSIDE.
>>>THE NEIGHBOR YOU WERE>>>THE NEIGHBOR YOU WERE
JUST HEARING FROM LIVES ON JUST HEARING FROM LIVES ON
THIS SIDE OF THE STREET. THIS SIDE OF THE STREET.
ON THIS SIDE OF THE FENCE I ON THIS SIDE OF THE FENCE I
WANT BRING IN RACHEL WHO WANT BRING IN RACHEL WHO
LIVES RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO LIVES RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO
WHERE THIS HAPPENED. WHERE THIS HAPPENED.
RACHEL, YOU WERE TELLING ME RACHEL, YOU WERE TELLING ME
SOME OF THE WINDOWS WERE SOME OF THE WINDOWS WERE
BLOWN OUT ON YOUR HOUSE? BLOWN OUT ON YOUR HOUSE?
>>CORRECT.>>CORRECT.
>>Reporter: WAS YOUR>>Reporter: WAS YOUR
DAUGHTER IN ONE OF THOSE DAUGHTER IN ONE OF THOSE
ROOMS? ROOMS?
>>YES, ONE OF MY YOUNGEST>>YES, ONE OF MY YOUNGEST
DAUGHTER WAS IN THE BEDROOM. DAUGHTER WAS IN THE BEDROOM.
AND THE THIRD EXPLOSION BLEW AND THE THIRD EXPLOSION BLEW
THE WINDOWS OUT. THE WINDOWS OUT.
AND RIGHT OVER WHERE SHE WAS AND RIGHT OVER WHERE SHE WAS
SLEEPING. SLEEPING.
>>Reporter: IS SHE OKAY?>>Reporter: IS SHE OKAY?
>>WE’RE ALL BLESED THE>>WE’RE ALL BLESED THE
EVERYBODY IS OKAY. EVERYBODY IS OKAY.
THE HOUSE IS GOOD. THE HOUSE IS GOOD.
A COUPLE BLOWN OUT WINDOWS, A COUPLE BLOWN OUT WINDOWS,
OBVIOUSLY, THE SIDING AND OBVIOUSLY, THE SIDING AND
STRUCTURAL DAMAGE. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
BUT WE’RE LUCKY. BUT WE’RE LUCKY.
WE’RE BLESSED. WE’RE BLESSED.
>>Reporter: PROBABLY A>>Reporter: PROBABLY A
JARRING EXPERIENCE TO SAY JARRING EXPERIENCE TO SAY
THE LEAST. THE LEAST.
>>THINK OF ALL THE THINGS>>THINK OF ALL THE THINGS
THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED. THAT COULD HAVE HAPPENED.
IF THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE IF THEY WERE PLAYING IN THE
BACK YARD OR SIDE OF THE BACK YARD OR SIDE OF THE
HOUSE. HOUSE.
WE’RE LUCKY. WE’RE LUCKY.
>>Reporter: GLAD EVERYBODY>>Reporter: GLAD EVERYBODY
IS OKAY, FOR SURE. IS OKAY, FOR SURE.
RACHEL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RACHEL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
I APPRECIATE IT. I APPRECIATE IT.
AS YOU GUYS CAN SEE AS YOU AS YOU GUYS CAN SEE AS YOU
LOOK BACK INTO THE HOUSE LOOK BACK INTO THE HOUSE
THERE, FIRE INVESTIGATORS IN THERE, FIRE INVESTIGATORS IN
THERE MOVING AROUND LOOKING THERE MOVING AROUND LOOKING
FOR CLUES AS TO WHY THIS FOR CLUES AS TO WHY THIS
HAPPENED THEY DO BELIEVE THE HAPPENED THEY DO BELIEVE THE
OXYGEN TANKS HAD SOMETHING OXYGEN TANKS HAD SOMETHING
TO DO. TO DO.
WE’VE SEEN INVESTIGATORS WE’VE SEEN INVESTIGATORS
ALSO GOING ALONG THE FENCE ALSO GOING ALONG THE FENCE
LINE JUST TO GET AN IDEA OF LINE JUST TO GET AN IDEA OF
THE BLAST PAT PERSON AND THE BLAST PAT PERSON AND
RADIUS TO TRY AND PIECE THIS RADIUS TO TRY AND PIECE THIS
TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT TOGETHER TO SEE WHAT
HAPPENED. HAPPENED.
AGAIN A 59-YEAR-OLD WOMAN AGAIN A 59-YEAR-OLD WOMAN
KILLED IN THIS HOUSE KILLED IN THIS HOUSE
EXPLOSION. EXPLOSION.
THE HOUSE SHE OWNED EARLY THE HOUSE SHE OWNED EARLY
THIS MORNING IN SOUTHGATE. THIS MORNING IN SOUTHGATE.
AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES
AVAILABLE WE’LL HAVE IT FOR AVAILABLE WE’LL HAVE IT FOR
YOU. YOU.
NOW BACK TO YOU. NOW BACK TO YOU.
>>JASON COLTHORP REPORTING

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