Two men hospitalized after house explosion in Madison
MADISON - Two men went to University of Wisconsin Hospital after a house explosion in Madison early Monday morning.
Madison Fire officials tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the fire and explosion happened at about 4:45 a.m. at a home on the 400 block of South Midvale Boulevard in a residential area of Madison between the University of Wisconsin and the city's beltline.
"When our firefighters arrived, they found a house that suffered significant structural damage from the explosion," spokeswoman Lori Wirth told 620WTMJ's Michelle Richards.
"All four occupants were out of the house when our firefighters and paramedics arrived."
She explained that the two men who were hospitalized are in their 20's, and are sons of the homeowners. There was no initial word on their condition.
The force of the explosion knocked the home off its foundation, and the front door of the home was blown off.
Chopper 4 video showed debris strewn across the backyard of the home.
A fire resulted from the explosion, but firefighters extinguished that fire which was located in the basement.
Investigators were looking into the cause.
"Our attention will turn to the mechanicals in the home, the potential for any gas ignition," explained Wirth.
Utility crews shut off gas to the home.
There was no damage to any neighboring homes, but there was worry inside them.
"Of course, you kind of panic," said Kathy Knox, who lives across the street, to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes. "You're living in the neighborhood."
"We heard something, and I thought probably a parked car had been run into.
Jim Granger, who lives a short distance away, is relieved to know his gas line was cleared by utility crews.
"Safety. I've got two handicapped kids here. If something is going to happen, I've got to get them out."