Explosion Evidence Consistent with Gas Leak

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September 11, 2013 — The Lake County Sheriff’s Department says today early findings show that an explosion this week in the county “is consistent with a gas leak.”

Sergeant Patti Van Til shared the Department’s update about the Monday night explosion at 102 E. 181st Avenue in Lowell, Indiana.

She says, “The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the State of Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office.   At this time we have been advised by them that preliminarily the evidence is consistent with a gas leak. ”

The Sheriff’s Department says the official investigation report from the Fire Marshal’s Office is not yet available for the incident that involves the death of 43-year-old Lowell man Victor Strain.

Reports suggest he was checking the vacant home of an elderly neighbor when it exploded, killing him and leaving him in a basement where his body was recovered yesterday.

The Sheriff’s Department has indicated that it is checking for records of a propane tank at the residence.  Liquid propane used in rural locations away from gas utility services sometimes is stored in tanks holding hundreds of gallons.


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