Owners had been planning family reunion at Grand Lake home that exploded Sunday
The owners of a Grand Lake home gutted by a violent explosion Sunday morning had been preparing the property for a family reunion, said a local real estate agent at the scene.
No one was home during the explosion inside the home at 45 County Road 475 so there were no reports of any injuries. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blast, but propane is suspected.
The explosion was strong enough to blow out the home’s windows, knock off some of its siding and scatter debris across the yard and nearby area. Some of the blown-out window frames landed as far as 10-15 yards away from the walls where they were once set.
The home was still standing after the explosion, but it caused major damage throughout the inside of the structure, which led some first-responders to wonder if the home would be declared a total loss.
Thankfully, no one was inside at the time, and there were no pets there either, said Lt. Dan Mayer, spokesman for the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, which has seen a rash of pet deaths lately from house fires and car wrecks.
The owners of the home in Grand Lake live in Texas. They bought the property in Grand Lake for $430,000 in February and had staying there as recently as a day or two before the explosion while preparing it for a family reunion, said Brenda Freeman, a local real estate agent with RE/MAX Peak to Peak.
After the sheriff’s office was able to get in contact with the owners, they called Freeman to help them find a company to board up the property, she explained.
Freeman said the owners were very much in shock after she had shown them some of the damage while walking around the home during what appeared to be a live video call.
“From the evidence outside, there’s siding, windows, garage doors,” Freeman said of the extent of the damage.
Meanwhile, a woman who’s leasing the home next door described how she heard “a huge boom,” looked out her side window and saw debris laying beside the house and smoke pouring out of the back of the structure. Naturally, the neighbor called 911 immediately.
“And they were here very shortly,” she said of the first-responders.
Mayer said that while the explosion was significant, the resulting fire was only minimal. With the home roped off with yellow police tape shortly thereafter, everyone on scene was thankful no one was hurt.
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