DE SOTO, MO (KTVI) - Jefferson County firefighters say it’s a miracle a man survived a house explosion that caused the structure to fall on him in the basement. It happened in the 5400 block of Knorpp about four miles south of De Soto.
Neighbors heard the explosion and ran out of their homes. They saw the black smoke and went to offer help. Karen Knox and her 18-year-old granddaughter Katherine drove to the scene and were stunned by what they saw.
They heard a man in the basement yelling for help. He apparently had been working on the electricity in the home, he turned off the power and when he turned it back on the explosion occurred. The 63-year-old man was burned on his arms, hands and face. The two women flagged down a man driving by. That man and the 18-year-old pulled the injured person out of the basement.
The injured man is expected to survive. He lived in his camper behind the home where his son and son’s family lived. No one else was home when this happened.
State fire officials are investigating. A backhoe was brought in to lift the heavy pieces of the destroyed home. Rescuers smelled propane gas when they arrived on the scene. One rescuer turned off a leaking propane tank.