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Person injured in house blast in northwestern ND

July 10, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

WILLISTON North Dakota’s state fire marshal is investigating a house explosion west of Williston that injured a man. Continue Reading

Explosion investigation could drag on

June 6, 2012 in The Daily Republic

Officials said months could pass before ignition source is known.

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Investigators seek ignition source in Sunday house explosion

June 4, 2012 in The Daily Republic

While investigators are “quite certain” the blast was caused by natural gas, they have yet to determine the explosion’s ignition source inside the house.
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Gas usage spiked in houses before recent explosions but measuring is difficult, expensive

September 24, 2010 in The Daily Republic

It’s difficult to know if the kind of house explosions that killed a Menno woman and severely injured a Mitchell man this summer could have been prevented.
But there were hints that such horrific incidents were about to happen. Shortly after the explosions, NorthWestern Energy released information showing gas usage in each home spiked between the last reading and explosions. Continue Reading

Gas usage spiked prior to house explosions

August 26, 2010 in The Daily Republic

The gas usage of two area houses involved in recent natural gas explosions jumped between the last reading and the time of the explosions, according to a representative from NorthWestern Energy.
Tom Glanzer, NorthWestern Energy spokesman, said he could not release exact figures because of the company’s policy regarding customer information, but he said Wednesday that usage definitely increased in the time leading up to house explosions in Mitchell and Menno. Continue Reading

Take smell of gas seriously, warns NorthWestern Energy spokesman

August 25, 2010 in The Daily Republic

If you detect a gas leak in your home, there’s a basic piece of advice that may save your life: Get out.
That’s what NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said Tuesday in the wake of the second natural gas-related house explosion in the area in six days. A Menno woman, Gail Guthmiller, was killed in a blast Monday night.
On Aug. 17, Jose Aguirre of Mitchell was critically injured in an explosion at his home. Aguirre remains in a Minnesota burn center. (See related story, Page 12.) Continue Reading

Fatal blast rocks town of Menno

August 25, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Gerald Schaeffer was sitting by his window, watching TV news Monday night when he heard the sound of glass breaking.
“The window came in on me,” Schaeffer said. “I turned around and the dark just turned orange and then yellow from the flames.”
The flames came from the adjacent home of Gail Guthmiller, a 56-year-old Menno resident who was thrown from her house and killed when it exploded at approximately 10:30 p.m. Continue Reading

House explosion victim in critical condition

August 19, 2010 in The Daily Republic

A Mitchell man is in critical condition at a Twin Cities hospital after suffering serious injuries when the house he was renting exploded Tuesday afternoon.
Jose Aguirre, 38, is at Regions Hospital Burn Center in St. Paul, Minn., a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Aguirre was flown there for treatment of second- and third-degree burns and a partially collapsed lung after he exited his collapsed home at 718 E. Hanson Ave. in Mitchell. The explosion occurred at 4:17 p.m. Continue Reading