GRFD: House leveled in explosion, fire


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A home in northeast Grand Rapids was destroyed in what appears to have been a gas explosion and resulting fire.

It happened around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 900 block of N. Park Court, near Cheney Avenue NE.

The house “exploded,” firefighters on the scene said. The explosion blew out the back of the house and caused a fire that razed the structure. By the time the flames were knocked down, the only thing left standing was a portion of the garage.

Heat from the explosion and fire melted the siding of adjacent houses.

No one was home at the time of the explosion and fire.

It’s not yet known what sparked the fire, though a possible gas leak may have played a part. There was a call to 911 around 1 p.m. about the smell of gas in the area.

“Some of the neighbors have shared as early as last evening that they were smelling natural gas. Somebody this morning riding on a bicycle reported smelling natural gas,” Grand Rapids Fire Department Deputy Chief Kevin Sehlmeyer said. “So it’s also a good time to point out that if you smell natural gas, please call the gas company.”

A fire investigator will determine the precise cause of the explosion.

The DTE Energy number for gas emergencies is 800.947.5000. The Consumers Energy number for gas emergencies is 800.477.5050.

A fire in the area of North Park Court NE and Cheney Avenue. (May 27, 2014)

A fire in the area of North Park Court NE and Cheney Avenue. (Courtesy Lucas Knapp via ReportIt - May 27, 2014)
(Courtesy Lucas Knapp via ReportIt – May 27, 2014)

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