Columbia Gas: Littlestown house explosion was isolated incident

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2016 2:58 AM

Alpha Fire Company firefighters work at the scene of a house explosion Friday in Littlestown. Four firefighters were injured and taken to local hospitals. Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun

(Littlestown) -- A utility company is calling an Adams County house explosion that injured four firefighters -- two of them seriously -- an isolated incident.  

Dispatchers say a gas odor in the Littlestown home was reported shortly after 10:30 Friday morning, and the blast occurred 19 minutes later.

Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania says it conducted a thorough inspection of its system in the neighborhood and "confirmed this was an isolated incident and facilities are operating safely."  

Fire chief Chris Morgret said two firefighters were in stable condition at Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore and two other firefighters were treated at Gettysburg hospital for minor injuries. 

All four had been in the basement when the blast occurred and were able to get out of the house on their own.  


Damage is visible outside a house in Littlestown after an explosion.(Photo: Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun)


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