West Milton family speaks out after escaping house explosion
WEST MILTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A West Milton family of seven is left trying to figure out what's next after escaping a house explosion Sunday morning.
"All of a sudden, I hear this loud explosion," father Larry Jenkins said. "My bed raises up, I don't know, a couple inches off the ground, slams back down."
Jenkins ran upstairs to wake up his family, including his four kids who were in the home at the time. Remarkably, everyone made it out with nothing more than a few scratches.
"It's a miracle it wasn't any more than it was, because to have seven people in a house that totally collapsed would've been a nightmare," West Milton Chief Denny Frantz said.
He said the cause of the explosion was a buildup of propane, but the family said it was preventable.
"It's just a shame," son Larry Jenkins said. "All because of a temporary line that we couldn't get properly fixed."
The Jenkins said a propane company had detected two leaks previously, and provided them with a temporary line, but the company hadn't been out to finish the repair.
"They told us that they were going to come back out and to put it underground," son Larry Jenkins said, "and that was 90 days ago."
FOX 45's Erik Elken reached out to Earhart Propane, a "Superior Plus Energy Services" company, and got the following statement from the President Andy Peyton:
The Jenkins home was serviced by Earhart Propane, a Superior Plus Energy Services company. We have brought in a team of investigators to West Milton from our headquarters in New York to try and determine what might have caused the explosion. That investigation continues and at this time, we have no further information until it is complete. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.
Amidst devastation and frustration, the family is putting it all in perspective.
"We survived an explosion," father Larry Jenkins said. "We lost everything we ever owned, but yet, you know, here we are." A GoFundMe has been created for the family.