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2 in Bridgeport Hospital after explosion destroys mobile home

September 21, 2017 GMT

Two people are in Bridgeport Hospital after an explosion destroyed a mobile home in Clinton early Thursday morning.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., police received multiple calls from residents reporting of an explosion and their homes being shaken.

“At about 12:34 a.m., dispatchers received a call which said there was a fire at the Evergreen Park Complex located on Killington Turnpike (Route 81),” according to a statement from Clinton Fire Chief Vincent DeMaio.

“Emergency responders from Clinton police and the Clinton Volunteer Fire Company responded to the area and found that a mobile home had been completely destroyed by the explosion.”

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DeMaio said first responders “were able to extricate two individuals from the burning wreckage.”

The two people, who were not identified, were flown to Bridgeport Hospital via the Lifestar helicopter on two separate flights. Bridgeport Hospital has the only burn center in the state.

Mica Maye, a nearby resident, told WTNH-News Channel 8 (http://bit.ly/2xxcw2D), “I live 150 yards away, and it blew my door open, blew the trim off of windows.”

Maye told WTNH, he grabbed two fire extinguishers and ran to the burning mobile home that was was a double wide trailer. Maye said a police officer arrived and ran in to rescue the woman from inside the burning home.”

Clinton firefighters put out the fire and inspected nearby mobile homes for any damage.

The state Fire Marshal was called in to investigate the explosion.

While the cause of the explosion is undetermined, investigators will be looking at whether propane gas may have contributed to the explosion.

According to the National Propane Gas Association, of the nation’s 6.3 million mobile/manufactured homes, 16 percent use propane as the main heating fuel.

According to Clinton property records, the 45-acre Evergreen Park complex has sites for 102 mobile homes.

The owner of the mobile home park - Evergreen Associated LLC, of Farmington Hills, Mich. - brought the property in 2004 for $3.6 million.

The mobile home park is located about two miles north of the Clinton Crossing outlets center.