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Neighbors report hearing explosion-like sounds during house fire

Neighbors report hearing explosion-like sounds during house fire
Published: Mar. 22, 2022 at 11:34 PM EDT
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UPDATE 3/23/22 @ 7:30 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – When daylight rose for several neighbors who live in the West End of Huntington, they took a closer look at the aftermath of a house fire that firefighters say sent one woman, 52, to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

“I’m surprised that they really got those people out of there, I really am,” Michael Trogdon said.

Trogdon lives a few doors down from the home that caught fire. He says he heard explosion-like sounds that rattled him out of his sleep Tuesday night.

“An explosion woke me up,” Trogdon said. “My windows rattled and everything in my house, and I’m like four houses down on the opposite side of the street.”

Huntington Fire Marshal Mat Winters says those explosion-like sounds came from a medical oxygen cylinder.

“If the fire department wouldn’t have responded so quickly, it would’ve been much scarier,” Trogdon said.

Neighbors say they’re thankful firefighters put out the flames so quickly.

The fire marshal says they are still investigating the cause of the fire. However, it started in the living room.

This fire is not considered suspicious.

ORIGINAL STORY 3/22/22

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Huntington firefighters are on the scene of a house fire late Tuesday night in the city’s west end that sent a woman, 52, to the hospital with smoke inhalation, firefighters tell our crew there.

The fire was reported just after 11 p.m. near an alley between the 900 block of Virginia and Washington avenues.

Several neighbors reported hearing explosion-like sounds. One neighbor ran next door to make sure the occupants got out OK.

One resident across the Ohio River in Lawrence County, Ohio, reported seeing flames and hearing explosions.

Officials say the home was destroyed.

The cause is unknown at this time, but the Fire Marshal has arrived to investigate.

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