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The Cause of Fitchburg house explosion still under investigation

Posted on September 14, 2016 1:51 pm under Fires and Explosions

A house explosion occurred last month in Wisconsin. Over twenty nearby homes in the neighborhood of Fitchburg were damaged as a result, but officials have yet to determine the cause of the explosion.

The Fitchburg Fire Department, State Fire Investigator, Department of Criminal Investigation, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are working together to investigate the blast. Brian Grittner, a 57-year-old state employee, was inside the house when it exploded. Fortunately, Grittner survived the explosion and was the only one to be injured.

Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher said the mystery of what caused the explosion could take weeks or months to solve. Madison Gas and Electric officials said there is no sign of a leak or explosion in the underground gas lines. Pulvermacher is holding a community meeting this week with residents of the area to answer any questions.

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