Woman hurt, home destroyed in apparent gas explosion

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You would not know it from the debris scattered across a Lincoln County field, but these pictures are where a home stood Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sheriff Mike Weigel got a call no sheriff wants to get. 

"When the sheriffs office and EMS and fire crews arrived we could tell there was possibly a massive explosion," said Sheriff Weigel

A woman was found in the home and flown to Wichita for treatment. What little remains of the American flag shows just how powerful the explosion was. 

As smoke continued to rise from the debris, people in the community are concerned.

It was the second gas explosion in three months. In late august Interstate-70 was shutdown for a time after a gas explosion in a pasture. It left a crater. 

The line connected to home involved in Wednesday's explosion is owned by Black Hills Energy. They refused to comment when asked about any safety concerns. Yet, pipelines are a concern for Elizabeth Adams. She lives in nearby Beverly. 

"We feel for them. We were first worried that it was that they were working on the pipeline just a few miles down the road. So, that was kind of scary to think that that was the cause of it," said Adams. 

The nearest neighbor called 911 when the explosion happened. Adams is not surprised neighbor was looking out for neighbor. 

"I would say definitely we have people watching out for each other," said Adams.

Sheriff Weigel says they believe it was a propane explosion because of how the debris landed. However, they will not be sure until the Fire Marshall's complete their investigation. 

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A 57-year-old woman was flown to a Wichita hospital Wednesday morning after a reported gas explosion at her home in rural Lincoln County. 

Sheriff Mike Weigel told the Salina Journal that the blast happened at around 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of North 290th Road, near the town of Beverly.  

Weigel said a neighbor heard the explosion and called 911. He told the Journal over the phone that the home was destroyed and debris was blown at least 100 yards from the house. 

KAKE's Gloria Van Rees reports that investigators believe a propane leak caused the blast. 

The victim was last listed in critical condition. Her husband was reportedly at work in Salina at the time of the explosion. 

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