At least one person killed in house explosion in Kidder Township, Carbon County

A woman was killed Monday afternoon

Published: 2:45 PM EST Dec 24, 2013   Updated: 1:04 PM EST Nov 05, 2013
Lake Harmony house explosion

One person was killed when a house went up in flames Monday afternoon in Carbon County. Neighbors said it sounded like an explosion.

Bruce Nalesnic, the Carbon County coroner, said a woman, who was about 30-years-old, was killed. He said she was at the house with her boyfriend but they did not live there.

Emergency officials responded at 2:07 p.m. Monday for the report of an explosion at 6 Tobyhanna St. in Lake Harmony Estates in Kidder Township.

Multiple calls were made to the Carbon County Communications Center by neighbors. Rescue/recovery dogs were taken to the scene, as was an excavation crew.

"It just sounded like a bomb went off," said neighbor Candice Kistler. "I knew it wasn't a sonic boom, I knew that. I knew it was an explosion of some sort."

"We walked down and it was a mess down there, it looked like it blew the wall out on the upper side of the house, looked like it blew the wall right out," added Kistler. "The back part was partially off the foundation."

"All I can confirm is it was heavy fire," Lake Harmony fire Chief Ralph Lennon said. "The building was fully involved, literally. As they applied the water we began to knock the building down."

Chief Lennon also confirmed there were two people in the house that did not live there. He said it's his understanding they had a cleaning business and he wasn't sure if they were cleaning the house. He is also stopping short of calling the incident an explosion.