Primary cause of Glendale home explosion unknown
GLENDALE- The North Shore Fire Department isn't sure what specifically caused a Glendale home explosion after authorities concluded their investigation Tuesday afternoon.
The fire department also determined there is no evidence to suggest that the explosion on Saturday was intentional or criminal in nature, according to a press release.
That press release also said the homeowner's insurance company is planning on doing their own investigation starting Wednesday.
North Shore Fire Chief Robert Whitaker said "We understand that neighbors in the area want to know the cause of the fire as do we. We hope to maintain open lines of communication with the insurance company investigators in the hopes that if they find a cause it can be shared with the neighbors."
Meanwhile, authorities have released the 9-1-1 calls surrounding the home explosion in Glendale Saturday around 6:15 p.m.
911 dispatcher: "9-1-1, what is your emergency?"
Caller 1: "Yeah, a house just blew up around me."
911 dispatcher: "It blew up, you said?"
Caller 1: "Yes, it exploded."
The following are clips from other 9-1-1 callers:
Caller 2: "This lady is falling out, it's an old lady on the ground by the street."
Caller 3: "It's a bad fire right now."
Caller 4: "There was a huge bang, a big explosion."
Caller 5: "I live at 4800 N. Port Washington Road and (the home) next to me just exploded."
Caller 6: "The house is on fire, there are people trapped inside."
911 dispatchers recognized the trend quickly and assured callers that Glendale Fire and Police Departments as well as Milwaukee Fire and Police Departments heading to scene of the explosion.
An elderly man and his caretaker were rushed to the hospital as the flames damaged several nearby homes.
TODAY'S TMJ4 reports that five other people were hurt in the explosion, including a firefighter and two police officers.