This Sunday afternoon, a Taunton home was destroyed by an explosion and the woman inside survived. After the conflagration her suburban house quickly burned to the ground while firefighters tried to no avail to put out the fire.
Police have released a statement in which they show that the woman living inside the house, a Laurie Beliveau, 52, made it out without a scratch on her. She managed to escape her two-story residence located on 40 Christine Lane right after the explosion shook the house. The authorities told the press that right after the explosion the house was quickly engulfed in flames.
A neighbor who lived two houses away from the woman told authorities that he first heard a huge explosion and then the screams of the woman asking for help. The neighbor along with his son and a friend tried to comfort the troubled woman by bringing her a pair of sandals and offering her some water.
The neighbor said that the woman told him she was upstairs in her bedroom when her closet door blew off its hinges and the fire erupted afterwards. When he ran outside he could see flames shooting out of the window of the home. After around thirty-five minutes of watching the fire slowly burn down the roof caved in and the house quickly crumbled to the ground.
When the woman was asked if she had lost any pets in the fire she told them that only one, a cockatoo bird. The Taunton Fire Department released a statement in which they show that the emergency call for the explosion came in at 3:53 PM.
Don Dinunno who is a spokesman for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts told the press that preliminary investigations show that the explosion was probably caused by a gas leak or some other type of related defect.
Dinunno further added that Columbia gas workers as well as certain representatives from the state fire marshal, state police and the state Department of Public Utilities were already there on the scene alongside Taunton fire and police personnel. Their main effort was to identify the cause of this horrible incident and help the distraught woman who had just lost her home in any way they could.
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