Basswood Drive explosive house fire injures two

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 19, 2014 

Basswood Drive residents woke to an explosion Wednesday morning during an extensive house fire that injured two elderly people and burned one firefighter, according to officials.

Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores said firefighters were dispatched to the 4848 Basswood Drive blaze at about 12:22 a.m. By the time they arrived, a man was injured by smoke inhalation and a woman had been burned near her feet and arms, Shores said. They were transported to Midtown Medical Center. Shores was unaware of their present condition.

While battling the flames, a firefighter received a minor heat burn to his ear, Shores said.

The structure sustained massive damage, estimated at $170,000. During the fire, the roof on the structure collapsed. About $75,000 worth of property was also destroyed.

At 10:15 a.m., the air was still acrid from the fire. A heavily-burnt pontoon style boat was visible from the driveway. The windows were cluttered with fallen debris.

Shores said investigators believe the boat caught on fire due to radiant heat. Though the source of the explosion is unknown, Shores said it's not uncommon for pressurized content in a home to explode when exposed to heat.

"I'm not saying that there couldn't have been an explosion that caused the fire, but usually it's the other way around," Shores said.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation. More details will be released as they become available.

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