Firefighters called to house explosion in Cache Junction

Home explosion near 5670 North SR-23 Cache Junction, Mar. 9, 2023.

LOGAN — Firefighters and law enforcement were called to a house explosion Thursday night in Cache Junction. The fire was reported just before 6 p.m. near 5670 North SR-23.

Firefighters on scene of home explosion in Cache Junction, Mar. 9, 2023.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi confirmed multiple people were inside the residence when it exploded. The cause of the explosion was still being determined.

According to emergency radio communications, paramedics transported two individuals to the hospital with critical injuries. One of them was trapped under debris.

A third individual was reportedly in the home’s kitchen when the explosion occurred but could not be located.

The first firefighters on the scene reported the home was demolished by the explosion and almost completely gone except for the foundation. Flames were also coming from the rubble.

Firefighters going through the rubble of a home explosion in Cache Junction, Mar. 9, 2023.

Firefighters from multiple departments responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. There were no fire hydrants nearby so several tender units were also dispatched to establish a water supply.

Deputies from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office shut down a portion of SR-23 in front of the home to give emergency crews space to battle the fire. No other nearby structures appeared to sustain any damage.

Firefighters extinguished the flames and began searching the rubble for the third individual believed to be deceased.

Bartschi said he couldn’t provide any details regarding the victims until deputies contact family members.

Investigators with the State Fire Marshal’s Office were called to the scene to determine where the explosion occurred and what caused it.

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