A Cascade Acres Road home burned to the ground on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1.
At around 1:08 p.m. on Saturday, the Leitchfield Fire Department (LFD) responded to a blaze at the residence of Cecile Auchter, located at 389 Cascade Acres Rd. in Leitchfield.
The only individual inside the residence at the time the fire broke out was Auchter’s son-in-law, Shane King, who was working on the air conditioning, according to LFD Captain Roy Hack.
King said a propane tank had accidentally been knocked over in the house’s basement while he was there, but he set it back upright.
Later, while upstairs, King said, he turned on the air conditioning and heard a popping sound in the basement, so he turned the air conditioning off to investigate.
A short while after that, “The floor exploded in front of me,” King said.
The fire reportedly shot up from the basement explosion, causing the floor to collapse and setting the house ablaze, King said.
“I could tell immediately the house was done,” said King, adding that the basement walls had been blown outward by the explosion.
Hack speculated that the propane tank that had turned over may have begun leaking gas, but a definitive cause of the fire had not yet been determined at the scene.
In addition to the house, a camping trailer parked in front of the residence was destroyed by the blaze, and a nearby outbuilding received extensive fire damage, as well, Hack said.
No one was injured in the blaze.
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