CLAYPOOL, Ind. (WANE) Investigators have determined what caused an explosion that leveled a home in Kosciusko County back in August that killed a woman.
The explosion took place on August 25 at 4678 South, County Road 450 West in Claypool. When emergency crews arrived on the scene they found the home flattened by the blast. One of the residents, Larry G. Justis, had to be dug out from the rubble. He was airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital for treatment.
His wife Kay was found dead in the rubble. An autopsy determined she died from blunt force trauma as a result of the blast.
An investigation by the Burket/Seward Township Fire Department, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office determined the blast was due to a LP gas leak in, on, or around a clothes dryer. What is described as “an electrical event” in or near an electrical service panel caused the explosion.