SULLIVAN – A man died and a woman was injured in a house explosion that happened Friday night northeast of Sullivan, along County Road 1700N west of Jonathan Creek Road.
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Moultrie County Coroner Lynn Reed said that Jared L. Schrock, 20, who lived in the home with his family, was pronounced dead on the scene at 12:10. Preliminary indications are the cause of death, a blunt force trauma from the explosion, but smoking inhalation was probably a factor, Reed said.
Sullivan Fire Brigade Manager Mike Piper said on Saturday morning that the department received a phone call at. 9:52. Friday to 1416 County Road 1700N in Moultrie County for a house explosion and two people reported shortcomings.
"It was fully engulfed with flames, and it was obvious that there had been a very big explosion," Piper said.
Shortly after the firefighters came to the scene, they rescued a woman from the structure. Afterwards they regained Schrock's body. The inhabitants were Amish.
The authorities are not sure what the reason for the explosion was, but suspect it could have been propane. The State Fire Brigade Office investigates and wants to make the final determination, Piper said.
Sullivan firefighters were assisted by squads from Arthur, Bethany and Lovington, and the technical rescue team at Charleston. Emergency workers cleared the scene at. 4 on Saturday.
The fire did not spread to any other structures near the house. The explosion leveled the house, scattered debris in the yard and blew some debris across the road into the adjacent courtyard.
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