Sheriff: Marquette County house explodes, 2 people injured
TOWN OF MONTELLO, Wis. — A home in rural Marquette County exploded Sunday morning, injuring two people inside, Marquette County Sheriff Kim Gaffney said.
Gaffney said dispatchers received a call of a house exploding at around 8:37 a.m. at W1755 White Lake Ct. in the town of Montello.
“It was a vibration. It was a bang. It was stronger than a sonic boom, stronger than the thunder we’ve been having with all that rain,” neighbor Eileen Niven said. “I could feel it. It shook the house. It shook the foundation. “
Upon arrival, deputies found the home’s occupants outside; they suffered from non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a local hospital, the sheriff said.
“The home appears to be severely damaged from what looks like an explosion,” Gaffney said in an email to News 3.
Neighbors told News 3 Reporter Keely Arthur that the two people who lived in the house moved in last month, calling it their “dream retirement home.”
An eyewitness said next door neighbors were able to get homeowners out of the house during the explosion.
“Both homeowners were in the house. Two other neighbors went in and got them out,” Niven said. “They brought over a couple of chairs so they could at least sit.”
Gaffney said Marquette County deputies and the Montello Fire Department are investigating the incident Sunday afternoon.
Authorities have not released a cause as of Sunday afternoon.
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