All I can say is good thing his kids wern't there
Chester County House Explodes
No Known Cause Yet
There was a house explosion that left one man critically injured. It happened early Thursday morning in Elk Township, Chester County.
The victim is being treated in the burn unit at Crozier-Chester. Forty-seven-year-old Nelson Crews is clinging to life at the burn center. Witnesses say he was conscious and talking shortly after his house suddenly exploded.
About the only thing left standing was a toilet. Firefighters arrived only to find remnants of a two-story house, a house that went up in smoke shortly after a massive explosion.
"It was like an earthquake."
Janet Hays lives next door. The former paramedic sprang into action when she saw her neighbor, 47-year-old Nelson Crews lying on the ground.
"I looked out the back door and there was stuff flying, landing on our house so I came over and saw that he was 10 feet away from the house."
Through all the smoke and rubble, Hays and passing trash collectors pulled her neighbor to safety and stayed by his side until rescue crews arrived. She says the explosion occurred around 9:30 this morning, and that Crews, who lives alone, was in bed when his 2-story house blew up.
"He was blown from the house. The explosion shook everything, took everything out of my cupboards, everything. He was just burned everywhere."
Other neighbors told police they felt the explosion five miles away. The question is why? What cause the house to explode?
Tpr. James Dewalt/Pennsylvania State Police:
"We're in the preliminary stage of our investigation. We really don't know right now."
What investigators do know is that it's short of a miracle that anyone got out of the house alive. Indications are one dog may be missing. Nelson Crews lived alone. His only family, two young children, reside in Ireland with their mother.