Natural gas caused Ogden house explosion, fire department says

Thursday , March 16, 2017 - 12:35 AM

JESSICA KOKESH, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Natural gas caused the explosion at an Ogden home that killed a man last week, officials said Wednesday. 

An explosion blew the roof off a home at 2831 Monroe Blvd. Tuesday, March 7, causing a fire that destroyed the dwelling and critically injured Bobby Orris of Ogden, who was inside the home at the time. Orris, 42, died Tuesday, March 14, from his injuries. 

“Due to the nature of the explosion and multiple witness statements, fire investigators have determined the cause of the explosion and subsequent fire was due to natural gas,” Ogden Deputy Fire Chief Eric Bauman said in a press release. 


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Questar tested the outside service line and found no issues, Bauman said. The cause of the explosion is likely inside the home, but investigators haven’t been able to enter it due the “unsafe and unstable nature of the structure.”

The department tweeted Thursday that the total financial loss is about $100,000. 

State regulators determined Friday that Questar’s gas lines weren’t at fault.

The incident is still under investigation.

Reach digital producer Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh or Facebook.com/ByJessKokesh.

 

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