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Homeowner Says Faulty Furnace May be to Blame for Explosion


( file photo: Kyle Wells)

The owner of the home involved in Saturday night's explosion says a faulty furnace may be to blame.


John Shirley tells our newsgathering partners at RTV6 he received a text message last week from his 12-year-old daughter indicating a problem with the furnace.  He says he suspected the furnace was the problem after watching the news and hearing officials had checked the gas lines in the area.  Shirley says he had had issues with the furnace in the past.

No one was at the home at the time of the explosion.  The home is occupied by Shirley's ex-wife, their daughter and the ex-wife's boyfriend.  Shirley says he didn't even know his house was involved until the next day when he received a text message from his daughter saying the house was gone.

Sarah Holsapple with Citizens Energy says while they don't repair furnaces, they did not receive any calls about a faulty furnace at the home.

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