State fire marshal to start investigation into Glendale home explosion

CREATED May. 28, 2012 - UPDATED: May. 29, 2012

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GLENDALE - The state fire marshal was expected to begin an investigation on Tuesday into an explosion which rocked a North Shore community.

The explosion destroyed a home in Glendale on Saturday night.  Seven people were injured.

In the mean time, neighbors are still in disbelief.

An orange construction fence is trying to keep the charred remains of a Glendale home contained, but the windy weather sent some of it flying into Nancy Pfannerstill's yard across the street.  "I just hope that they get it cleaned up and out of here in a hurry because it's disrupting everything."

Since the explosion Saturday, the 4800 block of N. Iroquois Avenue has seen more and more cars and folks wanting to catch a glimpse.

"It's a quiet neighborhood and the last three days it's chaos," said neighborhood watch captain Cindy Bentley.

What they don't have more of is answers.  The fire marshall is expected to show up Tuesday, but until then, people are coming up with their own theories.

Peter Gilbert lives two doors down, and visited the homeowner at the hospital Sunday.  He left two flags at his home in honor of Memorial Day.  He told TODAY'S TMJ4 Marvin Engler is in good spirits. 

"I can only imagine it was probably gas because I don't know what else could make a bang that big, unless we were hit by a missile," speculated Gilbert.  "All I can say is he was glad to see me, he knows what happened, he's watching it on television himself."

A piece of good news, while the wait for answers continues

Several people told TODAY'S TMJ4 they've seen We Energies crews in the neighborhood taking readings.  But they've been assured there is no further danger.