Explosion Levels New York Home Trapping Young Girl

Four of the occupants were found outside when firefighters arrived.

 

 
 
 

BRITTNI SMALLWOOD, WIVB | | Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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WILSON, N.Y. (WIVB) - A home explosion in Wilson claimed the life of a girl Tuesday morning.

Five people were inside the home at the time of the explosion, at approximately 6:08 a.m. When crews were on the scene, they found the body of Sarah Johnson, who died from her injuries.

Four other family members were found outside of the home, and were taken to area hospitals.

Jody Johnson and Judith Johnson are both in stable condition at ECMC. Officials say Katie Johnson is in critical condition at ECMC and Miles Johnson is being transferred to ECMC from another hospital, late Tuesday morning.

Two family members were not home at the time of the explosion.

One hundred emergency personnel were on the scene of the explosion, that leveled the home.

Officials do not know what caused the explosion. The home was heated by propane, rather than natural gas.

Neighbors say they felt their house shake, and went outside to see a ball of flames and thick black smoke. Area residents miles away say they heard the explosion, and people report feeling it as far as a mile away.

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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Larry Kensinger)


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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Stephen M Wallace)


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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Stephen M Wallace)


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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Stephen M Wallace)


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New York House Explosion

A victim is quickly taken away to the waiting helicopter after a house explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Stephen M Wallace)


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New York House Explosion

A Wrights Corners interior firefighter searches the burned out basement for a missing girl after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Stephen M Wallace)


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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Larry Kensinger)


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New York House Explosion

Emergency personnel work the scene around a house after an explosion on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Wilson, N.Y. The blast leveled the house killing a girl and injuring her parents and two siblings, authorities said. Sarah Johnson's body was found in the debris at the rear of the home, Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said. Authorities weren't sure of her age but believe she was between 12 and 14. Filicetti said her parents and two siblings were blown clear and were found in the front yard by the first deputy to arrive on the scene. All four were being treated at a Buffalo hospital for serious injuries, he said. (AP Photo/Larry Kensinger)



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