Three residents, one officer taken to hospital after explosion at Granger house


By: Krystal Vivian

Three residents and one officer were taken to an area hospital after an explosion at a Granger home on Friday.

Emergency crews were called at about 1:45 p.m. Friday, June 19, to the 51000 block of Jodie Lynn Drive in Granger.

Two women and one man were home when the explosion happened, according to Assistant Fire Chief Jaren Kilian with Clay Fire Department. They left the home after the explosion and were taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation or minor injuries. A St. Joseph County sheriff’s deputy was also hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

The explosion damaged all three levels of the house, mostly on the back side, Kilian said. Firefighters pulled siding off the back of the home around a large hole on the main level. Drywall, siding and other materials could be seen strewn across the backyard.

It took about 35 minutes for firefighters to get the fire under control as grey smoke rose into the air. NIPSCO shut off gas to the house, Kilian said. The neighboring houses aren’t in danger and neighbors shouldn’t be concerned.

The house was deemed a “substantial loss,” but may not be a total loss, Kilian said.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the explosion.