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Lycoming Township explosion under investigation

JONATHAN BERGMUELLER/Sun-Gazette

Life flight transported a 46-year-old male in critical condition to the Lehigh Valley Burn Center, while a 48-year-old female was not injured by the blast that occurred outside the home on the 3500 block of Linn Street.

Officials have not yet determined the cause of the explosion, which resulted in a fire that yielded a two-alarm response from first responders. The cause is currently under active investigation by the state police fire marshal.

The explosion and fire both occurred in an enclosed outdoor patio the male used as a workshop, according to Jeffrey Tempesco, Hepburn Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The fire then spread out from that location and into the residence — mainly the attic area. The building sustained fire and heat damage throughout that half of the structure, while the fire caused heat and smoke damage throughout the rest of the now uninhabitable building, according to Tempesco.

Contrary to claims made on social media, officials never evacuated nearby homes, although many residents in the area chose to leave their homes, according to Tempesco.

JONATHAN BERGMUELLER/Sun-Gazette

First-responders knocked down the fire at 10:50 p.m., and cleared the scene at 3:57 a.m. Sunday morning.

The following fire departments responded to the scene: DuBoistown Fire Department, Hepburn Township Volunteer Fire Company, Loyalsock Volunteer Fire Company, Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Company, Nisbet Volunteer Fire Company, Trout Run Volunteer Fire Company, Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Company, Citizen’s Hose Company of Jersey Shore and Montoursville Fire Department.

These departments were joined by the Old Lycoming Township police and State Police.

“The fire department had a quick response and knocked down the fire quickly, did not lose water and had no injuries. There was good teamwork from surrounding community fire departments,” Tempesco said.

Although the home is a complete loss, the two occupants had insurance on the building. They will be staying with relatives.

State police are requesting neighboring residents and businesses to provide them with any video footage they may have that shows the explosion or the early stages of the fire. Individuals with such videos should call 570-368-5771.

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