Authorities investigating apparent Severance home explosion
November 7, 2013
Severance — Authorities are continuing their investigation into an apparent home explosion and fire that on Tuesday night blackened walls and blew out windows in a small house.
Windsor Severance Fire Rescue responded at around 8:06 p.m. Tuesday to investigate a smoke alarm report at 161 W. 4th Ave. in Severance, fire spokesman Todd Vess said Wednesday. While investigating the exterior of the house, crews did not see any active fire, and no smoke was coming from the structure.
But upon further investigation, Vess said crews noticed the windows and walls appeared to have been blown out.
"It was clear that the house had been on fire at some point," he said, adding that nobody was home when crews arrived. "There had been some type of explosion in the house is what it looked like."
Numerous vehicles including an old AirStream Trailer, a boat and several older model vehicles sat in the driveway beyond the police line. Throughout the morning, fire investigators inspected vehicles and a large chunk of the property, which had been roped off.
Nobody was injured during the incident, which occurred just down the street from Bruce's Bar in downtown Severance and minutes away from the fire station.
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An investigator was seen entering the home in a protective suit, and authorities continued searching areas of the home well into the afternoon. Additional details were not available Wednesday evening about why someone was wearing a protective suit and whether the apparent explosion was the result of drug manufacturing or something else.
A spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is ongoing.