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Home Explosion Injures Four In Sublette: UPDATE: Names Released

KSCB News - January 9, 2012 8:36 am


One woman remains in critical condition and three people are in fair condition following a house explosion Sunday morning in Sublette.

According to hospital officials, Glenda Thorton is in critical, but stable, condition in St. Francis Hospital, Wichita following the incident. Jordan Porter, Kate Barajas and William Barlow also are at St. Francis and all currently are listed in fair condition.

According to a release from Sublette Fire Chief Allen Miller, emergency crews responded to a call of a house explosion at 9:01 a.m. Sunday to 104 Wooten St., Sublette. Upon arrival, crews found the home partially collapsed and fully engulfed in flames.

John Lunblade, Peggy Lunblade and Tyson Lunblade also were in the house at the time of the explosion but were not taken to the hospital.

The Kansas Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.


Four people where hospitalized after their home in Sublette was destroyed in a fiery explosion. The blast was reported just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning at the intersection of Carson Avenue and Wooten Street.

Haskell County Emergency Management Director Debbie Brown says the four victims, all family members, were able to get out of the house before emergency crews arrived on scene. Their names and conditions have not been released.

It’s not known at this time what caused the explosion. Brown says fire investigators have been on the scene all day and are working to determine what happened.

Gas service for the eastern half of Sublette was shut off for most of the day. Brown says service was restored Sunday evening and crews from Black Hills Energy went door-to-door to notify residents and relight their pilot lights.


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