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Investigation continues into Clearfield Co. house explosion

By: WJAC Web Staff

SANDY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- State police said their investigation into an explosion that caused a fire and destroyed a house in Clearfield County was continuing.

A state police fire marshal said the house at 1676 Caribbean Rd., in the Treasure Lake area of Sandy Township, was destroyed during the incident at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.

The fire marshal said Michael Myers and Deborah Priddy, both of DuBois, were in the house when the explosion happened. Both were taken to DuBois Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

The homes damage was estimated at $250,000, officials said. The state police fire marshal, Sandy Township police and Sandy Township fire department are working together on the investigation.

Sandy Township police said it is too early to determine where the fire started in the house.

Neighbors said they heard an explosion at the time the fire started. Clair Delaney thought she may have heard a crash, but after looking out her window, new something else was wrong.

I just heard this loud explosion and my whole house shook, and thats when I realized something was wrong, Delaney said. I heard all the sirens and thought it was an accident on 80, so then I looked out my window and saw the flames.

Neighbors said two dogs were killed in the fire.

Sandy Township Fire Chief Bill Beers said crews from J.E. DuBois, Penfield, Falls Creek and Fourth Ward assisted Sandy Township fire department at the scene, along with the American Red Cross, Treasure Lake Security and DuSan Ambulance.  

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times