Investigation continues into exposion in Midtown home


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Reported by: Janai Norman
Updated: 4/25/2013 12:40 pm Published: 4/25/2013 12:38 pm


Fire officials are continuing to investigation what caused an early morning explosion that led to a small house fire. 

It happened on Zunis Ave, near 41st Street and Lewis just before 5:00 Thursday morning.

From the outside of this house it was possible to see where firefighters say it started inside, in the bathroom. They say the explosion was so strong it blew the door off the hinges blew the window out

People in the neighborhood tell FOX23 crews on the scene they heard what sounded like a bomb.

David Zamen was asleep inside the house when it happened.

“I just heard something go boom,” he says. “I come out the room, I hear glass shattering, breaking, it was pretty chaotic for a bit.”

The explosion left Zamen’s roommate, according to fire officials, with possible first and second degree burns on his arms and hands.

Investigators on the scene called the explosion “unexplainable,” and “possibly suspicious,” but say they didn’t see any signs of illegal behavior.

Fire District Chief John Steiner told our crews, “I can't tell you at all what caused the fire right now. There are several things it could be and they're going to have to look at all of them.”

Zamen told FOX23’s Janai Norman a meth fire broke out at the home two years ago.

Norman confirmed with crews, February 12, 2011 a fire at the residence was determined to be caused by a meth lab. A search of state records showed two men were charged. One pleaded guilty to second degree arson and manufacturing a controlled substance.

Zamen’s roommate, the man who suffered injuries Thursday morning, was also charged in the previous case, and pleaded guilty to maintaining a home where drugs were kept or sold.

Norman asked, “Do you think this could be related to meth at all?”

“There’s a possibility,” Zamen says. “I didn’t see anything, or much less see exactly how the fire started, or anything/”

Officials have not released an official cause of Thursday morning’s explosion.

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