Updated 09/10/13 – 11:20 a.m.
LOWELL, Ind. (CBS) — A house explosion Monday night leveled a home in northwest Indiana, and killed a man who was inside at the time.
CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports debris and the home’s foundation were all that remained after the blast destroyed a home in the 7100 block of East 181st Avenue in Lowell, about 25 miles south of Gary. Indiana State Police said flames and smoke could be seen for miles after the explosion around 7:15 p.m.
Lowell Fire Chief Clint Gorball said it appeared a leak in a large propane tank led to the blast.
The body of 43-year-old Victor Strain was found in the basement, hours after the explosion. He lived next door and apparently had gone inside the house after he thought he smelled gas or smoke. The house that exploded was vacant because the owner is in a nursing home.
“He had went to check on the house. He had thought he smelled smoke, saw some burning in the back area of the home, and then as he entered the home, evidently there was an explosion. He was killed instantly,” said Lake County Sheriff John Buncich.