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August 15, 2014 at 8:09 PM

House explosion in Des Moines sends man to hospital

Firefighters and police work outside a Des Moines home where a construction worker was working on the roof of the home located at 2029 S. 232nd St. Friday evening.   Earlier, around 7 p.m.   a small fire was started when he was working on the carport, doing some torchdown roofing which caused an explosion and parts of the home were leveled.  He was burned with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 50% of his body and was transported to Harborview Hospital in Seattle with what officials at the scene thought were non-threatening injuries.  Owners of the home were not at home at the time and no one else was injured  in the explosion. (Ellen Banner / Seattle Times)

Firefighters and police outside a Des Moines home that exploded while a construction worker was working on the roof. (Ellen Banner / Seattle Times)

An explosion in Des Moines leveled a house and sent a man to the hospital on Friday evening.

Police responded to multiple reports of a house explosion in the 2000 block of South 232nd Street around 7 p.m. and found that the house had collapsed, Des Moines Police Department spokesman Sgt. Doug Jenkins said. A 41-year-old man suffered burns on his torso, arms and hands and was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The man had been doing roofing work on the house, which is owned by a bank, Jenkins said. He was using a propane torch that investigators determined was the ignition source.

“What was in the air that exploded, we don’t know,” Jenkins said.

The two neighboring houses also had superficial damage. The blast is under investigation.

 

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