Explosion Destroys Johnson Co. Home; Shockwave Felt for Miles

By: WFAA Email
By: WFAA Email

Johnson County (Texas) Johnson County emergency managers said a home that exploded late Saturday night is a total loss and the search continues for its owners.

According to Sheriff Bob Alford, authorities in Johnson County first received calls about the explosion at about 10:58 p.m.

"The main thing is to locate the owners of the property," he told News 8, identifying them as Gary Wagner and Wanda Buckley Davis.

According to authorities, an initial investigation made by sheriff's deputies and ATF agents found no sign that anyone was inside the home at the time of the explosion.

Alford said residents in the area searched for the source of the explosive sound and found it at a log cabin-style home, located in the 6600 block of East FM 916 near County Road 408 just west of Grandview and about 35 miles south of Fort Worth.

"Our whole house shook," said a neighbor. "Stuff fell off the walls and broke. I thought a plane crashed that’s how much the house shook."

The explosion was felt several miles away in neighboring cities and counties.

"My wife and I felt it just north of Keene," said Chief Matt Gillin, of the Keene Fire Department. "Must have been very powerful."

Local authorities, with the help of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms are investigating whether leaking propane gas could have collected in the basement of the two-story structure and then ignited. Experts returned to the scene Sunday morning to search through an unsuaually wide debris field.

Authorities from the Cleburne Police Department and Cleburne Fire Department are also assisting with the incident.

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