Update: Winter Park home explosion
September 1, 2016
At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, September 1 emergency personnel were paged to 98 Fir Drive in Old Town Winter Park with a report of an explosion. When they arrived one person was severely injured. The victim was a 56-year-old man with 3rd degree burns to his torso. The immediate neighborhood was evacuated and all utilities to the neighborhood were cut off.
According to Fraser/Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor, a preliminary investigation revealed that three people were installing new carpet in the home, as part of a remodeling project. When one of the workers plugged in a carpet iron, the explosion occurred, causing all three workers to be thrown off of their feet, with one suffering both burns and other injuries to his upper body. The other two workers were treated and released at the scene.
The name of the man has not been released.
He was transported by air helicopter to University Hospital in Denver and he is expected to survive.
According to an Xcel Energy spokesman, the employees were conducting an inspection of their service lines. It was reported to the police department that no gas readings were found in the home earlier in the day prior to the explosion, and that a work crew was investigating some potentially higher readings across the street from the residence.
Roy Ybarra, Fraser/Winter Park Police Sargent, said the gas lines had been replaced this summer.
The home suffered extensive damage and is uninhabitable at this time.
Trainor said it will take a several days for the investigation to be complete.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.