Fire chief amazed after family survives house explosion

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Posted: Jun 23, 2016 10:53 AM

MEHOOPANY, Pa. (AP) — State police are trying to determine what caused a house explosion that a Pennsylvania family miraculously survived.

A problem with a propane tank is being investigated as a possible cause of the blast that rocked the home late Tuesday near Mehoopany (meh-HOOP'-ah-nee), west of Scranton.

Mehoopany Fire Chief Roger Walters says he's amazed the residents survived without life-threatening injuries. The blast blew pieces of the home 150 feet away.

The adult couple who lived there with their children were trapped in the debris, but were rescued by emergency crews. A neighbor, Ron Takas, tells WNEP-TV that he let firefighters use a few jacks to help free a woman who was trapped under a wall.

The community has been taking clothing donations to help the family.