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Beloit Fire Dept. releases details about home explosion

BELOIT (WKOW) -- The City of Beloit Fire Department releases details about the home that exploded Sunday night.

They were called to 2041 Meridith Drive around 7:40 p.m. and found the home was already destroyed with debris on fire. Crews quickly extinguished the fires because they knew there were two people trapped.

The Beloit Fire Department called in help from 19 other departments. They called in Alliant Energy to check for any natural gas leaks and cleared nearby homes for any potential secondary leaks. Alliant shut off power to the original home.

The Stateline Technical Rescue Team, headquartered in Beloit, was activated to rescue the two victims. The first was a 33-year-old woman who had burns and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville. The second was a 37-year-old man who also had burns and was transported by helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison. Two family pets were also in the home. Fire officials say one died, but one survived.

The property was being rented and the Beloit Fire Department says it is owned by James and Beverly Long of Beloit. The home is valued at $48,500 and was destroyed.

Beloit fire asked for help from the Wisconsin State Fire Marshal's Office to investigate the incident. They will meet at 9:00 a.m. Monday morning. It is suspected that a natural gas explosion occurred, but that has yet to be confirmed.

The victim's names are not being released until all family members are notified.


BELOIT (WKOW) – Two people are in the hospital after a house exploded in Beloit Sunday night.

When firefighters arrived on scene around 7:40 p.m., they could hear a woman screaming for help.

Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett says a 33-year-old woman was rescued about 20 minutes later and taken to a Janesville hospital with burns. Around 9:40 p.m., rescuers pulled a 37-year-old man out of the debris and flew him to a Madison hospital with second-degree burns.

Diana and Roger Smith, who live across the street, say they heard a big boom and then saw the walls blown out of their neighbor's home.

The first Beloit police officer on the scene could smell natural gas and began evacuating nearby homes.

The explosion's cause is under investigation.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Fire investigators will be back out Monday morning at the scene of a house explosion.

They'll begin clean-up and the investigation into what happened at the home in the 2000 block of Meridith Drive. Officials say two people were trapped when they got there. A woman was freed quickly, but a man was trapped for about two hours before being rescued. Both were taken to area hospitals.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Emergency officials are trying to figure out what caused a Beloit home to explode. The house was destroyed.

Fire and emergency crews were called to the scene around 7:40 Sunday night. Jessica Hallstrom, who lives across the street, says she was home when it happened. "My son looked out the window and he said mom, 'The house across the street is gone.' I didn't really know what he was talking about and I ran out of the house and that's when I saw the house had exploded."

Jessica says she could hear the two people trapped inside calling for help. Emergency crews arrived quickly to start working to get them out. Hours after the explosion, a lot of people in the neighborhood remained outside, still in disbelief this could happen. Jessica says, "I think we're all just really shook up because it could have been one of our houses, ya know? Stuff like this doesn't usually happen in our neighborhood. It's a nice quiet area."

Fire officials say some of the surrounding homes, like Jessica's, were evacuated but people were able to return as soon as the area was cleared. Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett says it might take awhile to figure out what happened. "It's a tedious slow process, it takes a long time to get it done we have to dig, brace the area, reinforce the area so it doesn't collapse on the rescuer and then dig some more, so it's a tight working space."


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Two people are hospitalized after a house explosion in Beloit. Fire Chief Bradley Liggett says that a 37 year old male was rescued from the home and flown to UW-Hospital with 2nd degree burns. A 33 year old female was also taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville, also with burns.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. The early reports are focusing on a possible natural gas explosion. Beloit Fire officials have also called the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation to assist in the investigation.

The home on Meredith Drive was leveled by the explosion. The initial call to Beloit Fire was around 7:40 p.m. Sunday night.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Beloit fire officials say a home completely collapsed in an explosion on the west side of town.

Beloit Fire Chief Bradley Liggett says it's possible that victims may be trapped inside the home on Meridith Drive in the city of Beloit. Crews are on scene working to control the fire and calling outside crews to help rescue the possible victim or victims.

The Rock County Sheriff's office says that at least one person has been transported to an area hospital. The fire and explosion was first reported around 7:40 p.m. on Sunday.


BELOIT (WKOW) -- Fire crews are on scene at a home in the city of Beloit where a fire and explosion has been reported.

Rock County Dispatch confirms a residential fire was reported at 7:40 p.m. on Sunday at a home on Meridith Drive in the city of Beloit. A dispatcher says there was an explosion that occurred at the residence.

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