Butler County Times Gazette
  • Explosion destroys Towanda home

  • Michael Kane, a 61-year-old man, narrowly escaped major injury when his home exploded in Towanda Tuesday evening.
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  • Michael Kane, a 61-year-old man, narrowly escaped major injury when his home exploded in Towanda Tuesday evening.
    "We received a report at 7:30 p.m. yesterday evening of a home explosion in Towanda," said Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet. "Deputies responded along with several fire departments to the home to find the home had exploded. There was no fire."
    Kane had returned to the home and smelled the gas. He went inside to make sure no appliances with pilot lights were turned on in the home before stepping outside again. It exploded as he was leaving.
    "The home, located at 10368 SW 10th was a total loss," said Herzet. "Apparently a propane line going into the home developed a leak, which put propane into the home. Mr. Kane refused treatment by EMS at the scene, but he was taken to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries."
    Major Ray Marbut of the Augusta Department of Public Safety, the lead investigator of the incident, declared propane to be the cause of the explosion.
    "We're not sure what set off the explosion at this time," Herzet said. "The gentleman that lived there was very lucky to get out of the home before the explosion. This is a terrible situation, but it could have been much worse."

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