Woman killed, man injured in home explosion; blast under investigation
KEYS, Okla. (KTUL) -- An explosion that some say could be heard eight miles away killed a woman in her 60s and left a man in the hospital.
Keys is much like any other small Oklahoma town, mostly quiet.
"Like dynamite, it was real loud. I felt it, felt the compression of it," witness Charles Taylor said.
"I heard a big ol' sonic boom. I thought a bomb went off," witness Darren Primiscias said.
Taylor sets up a booth across the street every day. He'd been there just about thirty minutes when the house exploded.
"It like scared me to death," Taylor said. "It blew up and fell and junk was going every which way and smoke started coming from one end of it."
Taylor says he saw several men run across the street to help.
One of those men was Primiscias.
"I crawled in there, lifted up the roof and pulled the guy out," Primiscias said. He says the flames and smoke were too much; he wasn't able to find the other person.
"Scary, chaotic, but we did what we could and we helped him out," Primiscias said.
It took crews several hours to find the woman.
"Due to the layers of everything compacted," Undersheriff Jason Chennault said.
Neighbors next door had to leave because of the smoke, windows were shattered.
Chennault says there is a lot of clean up to be done.
"There is a lot of damage to the buildings around. Greenleaf Nursery has a lot of debris around," Chennault said.
A woman who lived at the house says they had just moved into the home a few days ago.
The woman says a gas company was out at the house doing work this morning prior to the explosion.
Chennault identifies the woman who was killed in the fire as 65-year-old Helen Yost.
Officials say everything remains entirely under investigation.