MOORLAND — A two-story home in Moorland was destroyed early Monday morning after a natural gas meter on the side of the house appears to have exploded.
According to Moorland Fire Department firefighter Chris Hoover, there was an explosion at the gas meter on the side of the house at about 1 a.m. on Monday. He said the fire quickly “fully engulfed” the front of the house at 204 Walnut St.
The occupant of the house was able to safely get out without injury, Hoover said.
Both the Moorland and Callender fire departments responded to the fire. No emergency personnel were injured.
Hoover said it took about three-and-a-half hours for the gas line to be turned off by MidAmerican Energy.
At about 4:12 p.m. on Tuesday, the two fire departments were paged out to the house again as the fire inspector at the scene saw a hot spot that began to rekindle. Firefighters continuedto spray water on the remaining hot spots until they were fully extinguished.
“We had to tear down the ceiling and we saw in the rafters there where it’s been smoldering,” Hoover said.
Hoover said the departments would use thermal imaging to ensure no more hot spots remain.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation. The house was a total loss.