House explodes in Mitchell

August 18, 2010 at 3:04 am in The Daily Republic

Shelli Porras wiped the tears from her face Tuesday as she stared at the ruins of an exploded house that she said was home to her relative and friend, Jose Aguirre.
“I just feel so bad for him,” Porras said of Aguirre, who at that moment was being flown to Minneapolis for treatment of second- and third-degree burns and a partially collapsed lung.
Authorities received a call about an exploded house in the 700 block of East Hanson Avenue, a few blocks west of Hitchcock Park, at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday. They arrived to find Aguirre’s home at 718 E. Hanson destroyed without a hint of fire or smoke. The house was not completely flattened, but a majority of it had collapsed in on itself. Continue Reading