"All the neighbors in the neighborhood heard a great big explosion."
Carl Junction Fire Chief Bill Dunn tells News Talk KZRG that happened at 107 Kelly Lane around 3:15 Tuesday morning. The home was destroyed by a fire. Dunn says the fire was first, then the explosion.
"We were thinking it started maybe up in the attic, in this garage somewhere. Because it burned up high, burned the roof off of the house."
As for the explosion, Dunn says that's a mystery, too. "I'm leaning toward it being what they call a backdraft. When a thing gets just right and it blows. It's been known to blow firemen out of houses."
One person was home at the time. She got out through the back and called 911. Dunn says the heat from the fire was so intense, it melted the siding from a house next door and melted numbers off a street sign across the street.
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