Man badly burned in home explosion near Lodi

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV)--- A man was hurt after a home exploded in Columbia County on Tuesday morning.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office

According to the Lodi Area Fire Department, construction workers smelled gas around 8:00 a.m. and got out. The house was ventilated and a contractor from S&L Underground working on the HVAC was present when the explosion happened.

The heating contractor who came to investigate the smell was badly injured from the explosion. He was able to go to neighbor’s house, and the neighbor called 911. The contractor was transported to the hospital by ambulance and his condition is unknown at this time.

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call reporting a home had exploded on Chrisler Road in the WestPoint Township around 9:49 a.m.

"I know that it was being dry walled and the structure was up so it was a full structure. It's leveled. All the walls and everything are down. It's been destroyed,” said Lt. Wayne Smith, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

They say the cause and origin of the explosion remains under investigation.

"It's very hard to tell. The house is completely destroyed at this particular point. When we arrived the house was completely down and the contents of the house were fully engulfed,” said Chief Robert Annen, Lodi Area Fire Department.

Firefighters from seven agencies were helping transporting water, putting out flames and hot spots. The man who was inside the home has been taken to UW-Hospital with burn injuries.


Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office