UPDATE: Man injured in Beloit home explosion passes away

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UPDATED Thursday, July 11, 2013 --- 2:41 p.m.

The Rock Co. coroner confirms with NBC15 News that Todd Purdy has passed away.

Purdy was rescued Sunday night after the home explosion on Meridith Dr.

The coroner said he died from his injuries.


UPDATED Monday July 8, 2013 -- 4:40 p.m.

BELOIT, Wis.-- An uncapped gas line in the basement of a Beloit house lead to an explosion that sent two people to the hospital.

Todd Purdy, 37 years old, was taken to UW Hospital in Madison with burns and other injures. His wife, 33 year old Tara Purdy, was initially taken to a hospital in Janesville. She has since been moved to UW Hospital to be closer to her husband.

The preliminary investigation found an open gas line in the basement contributed to the explosion. The tenants of the house installed a gas stove Sunday evening. According to the investigation a gas line was not capped, filling the basement with gas. That lead to the explosion.

The investigation says there was no crime committed. The report also said the work being done in the home did not require a permit.


UPDATED Monday July 8, 2013 -- 8:42 a.m.

BELOIT, Wis. -- At 9:00 a.m. investigators will return to the home in Beloit that exploded Sunday night.

Two people were trapped and injured when the house on Meridith Dr. exploded around 7:40 p.m.

Investigators will meet to officially determine what caused the blast, although initial evidence points to natural gas as a cause according the the city of Beloit.

The Wisconsin State Fire Marshal's Office has been contacted to assist with the investigation.

The victims are a 33-year-old woman who suffered burns and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Janesville and a 37-year-old man who was flown to UW Hospital in Madison with burns.

Two animals were also inside the home and one of those animals died.

The city of Beloit says the house, which was destroyed in the blast, was a rental.


UPDATED Monday, July 8, 2013 --- 7:16 a.m.

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) -- Two people are injured after a house exploded in Beloit.

Emergency crews were called to the scene around 7:40 p.m. Sunday.

Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett says a 33-year-old woman was rescued about 20 minutes later and taken to a Janesville hospital with burns. Rescuers pulled a 37-year-old man out around 9:40 p.m. and he was flown to a Madison hospital with second-degree burns

Liggett says firefighters heard the woman screaming for help when they arrived.

Diana and Roger Smith, who live across the street, says they heard a big boom and then saw the walls blown out of their neighbor's home.

The first Beloit police officer on the scene could smell natural gas and immediately began to evacuate nearby homes.

The explosion's cause is under investigation.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


UPDATED Sunday, July 7, 2013--- 10:35 p.m.

Beloit fire chief confirms a home exploded on Meridith Drive in Beloit, trapping a man inside.

At around 7:45 p.m., a box alarm was issued, and 19 fire crews responded.

The home collapsed with two people inside. A 33-year-old woman was taken to Mercy Hospital. A 37-year-old man was trapped inside for a couple of hours before crews could rescue him. He was medflighted UW-Madison. His condition is unknown.


Posted: Sunday, July 7, 2013 --- 8:21 p.m.

Rock County dispatch confirms that there was a home explosion in Beloit.

We'll post more details here as they become available.

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