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By Matt Wendland
Police are investigating an explosion at a Des Moines home that shook an entire neighborhood and left one man in the hospital with severe burns.
The explosion occurred just after 7pm on Friday, July 15, at a house located within the 2000 block of South 232nd Street.
According to neighbors on the scene, the house had long sat empty as the neighborhood eyesore until the last few months ago when a local man had begun fixing it up. “The house was nearly complete.” One neighbor stated while overlooking the remains of the structure the following day. “Now there’s not much left of the house at all.”
While police have yet to release the official cause the fire and explosion, witnesses reported to police seeing the man working on the roof of the house’s carport with a torch just seconds before the building was destroyed. The blast sent glass and pieces of the structure across the yard and into the road and neighboring properties. The east wall from the house was sent nearly intact against the next house over.More ›