Victim in house explosion identified; rescue video released

Mar 10, 2023, 12:08 PM | Updated: 10:25 pm

CACHE JUNCTION, Utah — Deputies with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office have identified the man who was killed in a house explosion and released body camera video from the rescue efforts.

Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said the powerful explosion went off in the home Thursday evening, which is located near 5700 W. state Route 23, about 11 miles northwest of Logan.

“While it wasn’t a raging inferno or a large fire immediately after, it continued to grow and got bigger immediately following this explosion,” Bartschi said.

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The home’s three occupants were identified as Caryn, John and Joshua Mullin. First responders found Caryn and Joshua Mullin in the home with serious injuries.

Bartschi said Caryn Mullin was taken to Logan Regional Hospital with multiple fractures and burns to her body. She was later transported to McKay-Dee Hospital for additional care.

On Friday, deputies released body camera video showing the rescue efforts to pull her from the debris and get her to the hospital for medical care.

“The men and women who put their lives on the line to save Caryn demonstrated heroic behaviors, as expected in Cache County,” Bartschi said.

Joshua Mullin suffered multiple burns on his arms, chest and face after being “blown from the home” and was taken to Cache Valley Hospital for treatment. Deputies said he is sedated and “has a long recovery ahead of him.”

Around midnight, crews found the body of John Mullin, who was killed in the explosion.

“Our sincerest condolences to the family of the victims involved in this incident,” Bartschi said in a press release.

Mullin’s son, Jeremy Mullin, is devastated.

“I’m not good. I just lost my dad, might lose my little brother too,” he said.

Mullins said he will miss his dad. “He was a great man. He loved the outdoors. He loved hunting. He loved his pugs. He just, he loved to tinker on stuff. He just after he retired from the post office, he just pretty much tinkered around with whatever he wanted to do and now he’s in heaven with his dad.”

Now he’s focused on his mother and brother. “”My mom had surgery this morning. My brother is burnt pretty bad and is sedated in U of U right now along with mom up in the burn unit,” Mullins said.

Mullins said people should not take loved ones for granted.

“You never know when something like this is going to happen so just make sure you always say you love somebody and even if you’re mad at them, don’t shut them out,” he said.

There were also about 45 dogs there. Most were in a separate building that is still standing.


One dead, two seriously injured in Utah house explosion

Bartschi said the Mullins family are professional dog breeders and were licensed, per county statute.

Crews found 16 dogs in the home after the explosion, five of which were taken to the New Vision Intake and Animal Shelter for treatment.

Three of the dogs were in critical condition, and two were in good condition, according to Bartschi.

All the other dogs on the property are being taken care of by family members, including approximately 30 dogs that were in a separate structure on the property at the time of the explosion.

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