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St. Anthony explosion caused by gas tank

Photo by Shain Weiderholt -- Firefighters responded to the scene of the accident June 26. Cody Kelsey, the owner of the home, said the St. Anthony community has been quick to offer help.

Cody Kelsey received a phone call while he was in Idaho Falls June 26 at 7:30 a.m. informing him that an explosion had occurred at his house just east of St. Anthony. The explosion occurred about 6:30 a.m. June 26.
According to The Associated Press, the explosion was likely caused when a small propane tank under the floor caught fire.
South Fremont Fire Chief Chris Hill said the family that lived at the home was in the process of converting their appliances from electric to propane gas, and investigators believe the propane pressure levels were not checked properly. Cody Kelsey’s son, 45-year-old Craig Kelsey, Craig’s wife, 45-year-old Theresa Kelsey and their 14-year-old daughter Shandilynn, were in the home at the time of the explosion.
“The walls all blew out and the roof came down on them,” Cody Kelsey
said.
Cody Kelsey said Theresa and Shandilynn Kelsey walked away from the incident, but Craig Kelsey had to be dug out from under the rubble. All three were taken by ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital.
“A lot of memories are in that house. You don’t realize that until it’s all gone,” Cody Kelsey said.
Cody Kelsey and his family bought the St. Anthony home two years ago.
He said he wanted his family to live closer together and be more
self-sufficient.
“Everything happens for a reason. We’ll have to make a new plan, but at least nobody was killed,” Cody Kelsey said.
According to AP, Theresa Kelsey has since been released, and both Craig and Shandilynn are in serious condition.

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