Sandy Home Explodes After Fire Breaks Out Inside

Jun 15, 2021, 7:24 PM | Updated: 11:38 pm

SANDY, Utah — A home in Sandy exploded shortly after crews arrived to extinguish a fire that broke out inside the structure.

The incident happened at 9191 South Alvey Lane around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“You started to realize how much damage was actually taking place every second,” said neighbor David Christensen. “I mean, your heart really aches.”

The fire was utterly devastating.

“This house was completely engulfed in dark black, thick grey smoke,” said Christensen.

It all burned so quickly.

“By the time I got to that side of the street, it had engulfed that entire side of the house,” said Cameron White.

Deputy Chief Ryan McConaghie with the Sandy City Fire Department said there was a large explosion at the home shortly after crews arrived and started fighting the flames.

“A propane tank exploded and it blew the roof off,” said White.

McConaghie said the blast sent hot debris flying through the front of the house, as far as 150 feet.

“At that point, I started to notice there were nearby lawns on fire,” said Christensen.

For approximately 15 minutes, neighbors and fire crews were busy putting out those flames.

“The side of their lawn started to catch on fire,” said Christensen, referring to the home which had the explosion.

The house appeared to be a total loss.

“Uh, it was quite the explosion,” said Christensen.

Though the homeowners were gone, neighbors were certain there was at least one casualty.

“I thought for sure, no way the dog survived this,” said White.

The family dog was trapped inside.

“They cleared the upstairs and they cleared the downstairs, and the dog was hiding under the bed in the master bedroom,” said White. “And they were able to rescue the dog, which is an amazing story.”

According to a Facebook post from the Sandy City Fire Department, the dog was given oxygen shortly after it was rescued.

On one family’s worst day, this dog survived to see another.

“It’s actually a sweet ending to a really horrible and tragic event,” said White.

And at least there was comfort in that.

“I’m shook. That’s probably the largest explosion I’ve seen,” said Christensen. “Pretty crazy day, right?”

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

A *GoFundMe account has been created to help the family recover from the loss.

*KSL-TV does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisors and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Debbie Worthen

Father outraged over ‘lack of security’ at high school

A father in Granite School District is outraged over what he calls a “lack of security” at Olympus High School.
22 hours ago
Angie Denison

I AM The Journey Features Artists from Many Backgrounds

In January 2020, the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts announced a new program of grants for artists and scholars from diverse communities.
22 hours ago
Courtney Hillburn, models the swimsuit just one month after her double mastectomy....
Shelby Lofton

Utah clothing company creates swimwear for breast cancer survivors

Breast cancer survivors and sisters from Utah will launch a swimwear line for women who have had surgery.
22 hours ago
Larry D. Curtis and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Investigators say former Utah County therapist is ‘threat to children’ for ‘egregious crimes’

Former therapist David Lee Hamblin, 68, was said to be "a threat to the children and citizens of Utah County" in court documents that also request he be held without bail for "egregious crimes against a child."
22 hours ago
David and Bonnie Kenison talk about their volunteer work with the Red Cross in Crescent City, Flori...
Jed Boal

Orem couple volunteers for Red Cross in path of Hurricane Ian

A married couple from Orem is in Florida right now among the trained disaster volunteers from the Red Cross of Utah. They’re already helping out in an evacuation shelter as Hurricane Ian closes in.
22 hours ago
Emergency lights...
Michael Houck

Santa Clara police arrest man for fraud, find drug lab during arrest

A man in Washington County is facing multiple felony charges after police found a "portable lab" during a fraud arrest Monday.  
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Ask these questions before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Cloud storage technology with 3d rendering drawer with files in cloud...
PC Laptops

How backing up your computer can help you relieve stress

Don't wait for something bad to happen before backing up your computer. Learn how to protect your data before disaster strikes.
young woman with stickers on laptop computer...
Les Olson

7 ways print marketing materials can boost your business

Custom print marketing materials are a great way to leave an impression on clients or customers. Read for a few ideas to spread the word about your product or company.
young woman throwing clothes to organize a walk in closet...
Lighting Design

How to organize your walk-in closet | 7 easy tips to streamline your storage today

Read our tips to learn how to organize your walk-in closet for more storage space. These seven easy tips can help you get the most out of your space.
Types of Computer Malware and Examples...
PC Laptops

5 Nasty Types of Computer Malware and Examples | Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Computer and Family Safe

Here are the different types of computer malware and examples that could potentially infect your computer.
tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Sandy Home Explodes After Fire Breaks Out Inside