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Propane tank explodes, destroys Kanawha County home

A Kanawha County family is safe after escaping from their home right before an explosion. (WCHS/WVAH

A Kanawha County family is safe after escaping from their home before an explosion Friday morning.

Fire crews responded to a home in the 100 block of Rosewood Way in Coopers Creek about 2 a.m.

Pinch Volunteer Fire Chief David Wagoner said firefighters were responding to a gas leak call.

"We come into the scene a little bit slower typically and try to take in what's going on,” he said. “We do carry gas monitors on the apparatus.”

Chief Wagoner said firefighters weren’t even able to use the gas monitors before the explosion occurred.

The family of three living in the home, smelled propane and were able to run to safety.

A neighbor said he believes the heavy rain caused a 1,000-gallon propane tank to roll done the hill, hit the home and then explode.

Radio traffic from the incident can be heard below.

The explosion threw debris up to 80 yards from the house, and flames quickly took over the two story home.

Fire crews had to stay back for about 30 minutes because of secondary blasts.

The people living in the home are staying with a neighbor, but their pets are missing.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal was called in to investigate.

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