SMITHSBURG, Md. (AP) — A propane gas explosion caused about $200,000 in damage to a western Maryland home on Wednesday, but a woman who was home at the time wasn’t hurt, fire investigators said.
The explosion occurred in the basement furnace room of the two-story Smithsburg home with in-law suite in the basement, the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office said in a news release. A woman who was inside the home when the explosion happened wasn’t injured, officials said.READ MORE: Baltimore County Officer Opened Fire On Driver Trying To Flee Traffic Stop: Police
Master Deputy State Fire Marshal Ed Ernst said the blast blew out some doors in the basement, The Herald-Mail reported.READ MORE: Shootout Between Cars Speeding In Hampden Rattles Otherwise Quiet Neighborhood
The furnace was fed by a line from an underground propane tank in the backyard, he said.
Residents could not immediately return to the home and the cause of the explosion was under investigation, Ernst said. Investigators could not rule out a failure in the service line or the furnace itself, according to the release.MORE NEWS: ‘It’s Probably Everywhere’ Concern Grows About Omicron Covid Variant In Maryland As Positivity Rate Jumps Above 5%; Hogan To Speak Wednesday
(© Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)