2 severely burned in explosion in Warren County

Published: Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 1:26 PM
Updated: Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 10:40 PM

UPDATE @ 10:40 p.m.: The names of the two men have not been released but they were described as a landlord and tenant, both in at least their 60s.

The homeowner was trying to light the furnace and suffered the brunt of the explosion while his tenant was standing behind him, according to Lt. Paul Bernard of the Wayne Twp. Fire Department.

The homeowner's injuries are believed to be life-threatening, but the tenant's injuries also are serious, he said.

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UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.: Two men suffered significant burns because of the fire and explosion, said Lt. Paul Bernard of the Wayne Twp. Fire Department.

Both men were flown by CareFlight to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries considered life-threatening. The victims were not identified, but are believed to at least be in their 60s, he said.

The men were working on a furnace that was connected to a propane tank when the explosion happened, Bernard said.

"There's significant damage inside the house. The cabinets in the kitchen all have been moved significantly. We can tell that the roof was probably lifted off of this house as well as you can see the chimney was blown off the top of the house," said Bernard.

The cause of the blast was not yet determined, but Bernard said the Warren County Fire Investigations Team will work to establish the cause, which left the house uninhabitable.

UPDATE @ 1:55 p.m.: CareFlight responded to the scene of the explosion. It is unclear how many people are injured and the severity of those injuries.


Firefighters responded to reports of an explosion in the 3900 block of Lytle Road in Warren County on Sunday afternoon.

Dispatchers could not confirm reports of injuries connected to this fire.

We have a crew en route. We will continue to update this story when new information is available.