BREAKING: Massive Explosion ROCKS Town In This State- 2 DEAD, 1 INJURED


 deadly home explosion in Firestone, Colorado has resulted in two people dead and one being severely injured. 


Authorities report that the deadly explosion was caused by gas that entered the home through a cut, abandoned flow line from a well.

The explosion and fire happened about 4:45 p.m. on April 17 in the 6300 block of Twilight Avenue near Colorado and Firestone boulevards, FOX 31 Denver reported.

“Investigators have reached the conclusion that the origin and cause of the explosion and subsequent fire that destroyed the Martinez home and damaged the neighboring home resulting in the deaths of Mark Martinez and Joey Irwin and the severe injury to Erin Martinez was unrefined, non-odorized gas that entered the home through a French Drain and Sump Pit due to a cut, abandoned gas flow line attached to an oil and gas well in the vicinity that, while abandoned, had not been disconnected from the wellhead and capped,” firefighters said in a statement.
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“Officials have also determined that the flow line was controlled with the shut in, or ceasing of production of the well as a precaution taken on April 17 as part of initial response measures, and that no additional contamination or danger exists to neighboring homes,” officials said.

The uncapped, abandoned line was about 5 feet from the foundation of the home, investigators said.

The investigation will now be turned over to the Firestone Police Department for the next phase of the investigation, which is an official death investigation.


Al Walker, the Chairman, President and CEO of Anadarko Petroleum Corporation issued the following statement Tuesday:

“I know I speak for everyone at Anadarko when I say that our thoughts and prayers remain with the Martinez and Irwin families as they continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones.

“The safety of our employees and the people who live and work in the communities in which we operate is our number one priority. Consistent with that, and out of an abundance of caution, last week we shut in our vertical wells in the Oak Meadows area and throughout the basin. We hope that doing so also provided some additional reassurance to the community in the wake of this tragic accident. We will continue to take all necessary and appropriate steps in that regard, and will continue to cooperate fully with all ongoing investigations to ensure we fully understand the basis for the fire district’s conclusions and that no stone is left unturned prior to any final determinations.

“The company also will continue to work with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) on additional steps or actions the agency deems necessary.”

FOX 31 Denver has more:

The investigation will now be turned over to the Firestone Police Department for the next phase of the investigation, which is an official death investigation.

Erin Martinez is a science teacher at Mountain Range High School, Adams 12 Five Star Schools said. The Martinezes have two children, a boy and a girl.

Erin Martinez and the boy were inside the home when the explosion. A neighbor and construction crew working nearby rushed to the scene to get them out. They found Erin Martinez pinned under the collapsed roof.

“She was in there kind of deeper than the forklift could reach so we were all in there just kind of pulling boards and drywall chunks, and just trying to free her manually,” said Ben Chapman, who lives across the street from the Martinezes.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the Martinez and Irwin families.

Here’s the video report via FOX31

Our hearts and prayers go out to the Martinez family.

God Bless. Source- AFF

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