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Man critically injured in explosion at Huntsville home

Posted at 7:41 AM, Aug 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 13:48:21-04

HUNTSVILLE, Utah -- A man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition after an explosion at his home in Huntsville Thursday morning.

The incident occurred at a home near 12780 East Evergreen Park Drive, and the first reports of the explosion came in around 6:30 a.m.

Capt. Rick Cooper with the Weber Fire District said one person was at the home when the explosion occurred, and that individual was transported to McKay Dee Hospital in Ogden. He is listed in critical but stable condition.

Authorities say the homeowner had just let his dog out of the home and turned to go back inside when an explosion rocked the residence, which collapsed around him.

A neighbor who lives across the street rushed to his aid.

"I cussed or whatever I said, and then I started calling my neighbor's name" Trent Gibson said. "And just started running over here, and by the time I got over here he finally replied back saying, 'I'm here'. And I says 'Are you OK?' He says, 'I don't know.' ...I helped him finish crawling out of the house and got him out to the road."

The cause of the explosion is under investigation but authorities suspect it may have been due to a propane leak.

The dog survived and is in the care of a neighbor.

Fox 13 News has reached out to authorities for more information and will update this story as more details emerge.