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Couple Feels Fortunate to Escape South Side Explosion


Richmond Hill Neighborhood ( photo by Mike Corbin)

Tony Burnett was sitting up in bed Saturday night, watching the Notre Dame football game on television.  Now, he and his wife have been forced out of their home by an explosion that hit harder than any Fighting Irish linebacker.  

An investigation has yet to determine what happened, but Burnett feels fortunate.  The home directly across Fieldfare Way Drive from his had been destroyed.  "It looked like a demolition crew had come in and leveled the house," said Burnett.  "It looked like they were getting ready to put it in a dumpster or something."  

He marveled at what the blast did to his own house.  "The concussion was bad enough it did weird things to the house like turn on some of the water faucets," he said.  "And it punched some of the buttons and the washer and dryer actually turned on."  His doors and windows were blown out.  The ceilings are collapsing and drywall is falling from his walls.  

But Burnett and his wife walked out unharmed.  He said they quickly started checking on neighbors. "Everybody's kinda checkin' on everybody," he said. 

» Damage from South Side Explosion Estimated at $3.6 Million (11-11-12)
» Explosion Kills Two in South Side Neighborhood (11-11-12)


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