Explosion May Have Been Matter Of Foul Play.
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#1 May 15, 2009
Propane Explosion Flattens Home, Damages Several Others posted 3:56 pm Fri May 15, 2009 - MOUNT AIRY, Md. from ABC 7 News - http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0509/623007.... are looking for the cause of a propane explosion that flattened a home near Mount Airy in Carroll County.
No one was hurt in the blast around 1:45 a.m. Friday on Flag Marsh Road several miles east of Mount Airy. Deputy State Fire Marshal Joseph Zurolo says homeowner Myra Davis was staying with relatives at the time of the explosion.
He says the one-story home was a converted one-room schoolhouse built in 1895 that was being renovated. The blast damaged at least seven other houses and rocked homes for miles around. Damage is estimated at $600,000.
The entire area is covered in debris from what was the old Newport school house. Splinters of the old school house covered the ground and almost everything in the vicinity after the building blew to pieces when two 100 pound propane tanks behind it exploded.
The blast was so powerful it knocked Carol Smith's home off its foundation. Now, it's condemned.
"Our house kind of looks like an earthquake hit it," said Smith.
NewsChopper 7 hovering over the scene captured the extent of the damage to the old school house and its neighbors.
Neighbor William Lokey said the explosion was " just a giant boom, just a giant explosion, like unbelievable."
People all around rushed from their homes and into the night terrified by the explosion and the massive fireball.
"It knocked out some windows and cracked sheet rock in the ceilings, and all that upstairs," said one neighbor.
The old school house built in the 1890's was converted to a home decades ago. Neighbors say 85-year-old Myra Davis lived in the converted school house most of her life. They say her sister had surgery a few months ago and Davis went to stay with her. Today, her son, Paul, assessed the loss.
Paul Davis says he grew up in the home. He tried to salvage family photos and picked through what is left of a lifetime of possessions.
Meanwhile, crews worked to restore power to the neighborhood while other homeowners begin the arduous task of cleaning up and rebuilding - all of the grateful that no one got hurt. Especially Paul Davis who is so thankful his mother was not at home.
"I got my mother, I can replace the house," Davis said.
Utility crews shut down power to the entire street and fire units from several counties reported to the scene.
The State Fire Marshal's Office, state police and Carroll County Sheriff's Office are also on the scene investigating the cause of the explosion.
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