DERBY, Kansas – One man is dead after an explosion leveled a home near Derby Monday night. It happened around 10 p.m. at 7530 South 127th Street.
He has been identified as 88-year-old Roland “Andy” Dayton.
Dispatch said there were several calls which came in reporting a possible explosion in the area.
“I was sitting in my room, and I heard a loud explosion. Picture frames fell off my wall and broke. I thought a car ran into our house or something fell on it. I went outside, saw the flames, got my phone and called 911, drove down here. We were the second or third ones here. They arrived about 10 to 12 minutes after I called,” said Ryan Brubaker, lives near explosion.
“You know, initially we thought maybe something in the house had fallen, although it would’ve been something pretty big. So then, I went outside and looked around, we finally looked up this direction and saw that there was a fire, and you could see the smoke billowing off of it,” said Gary Hilderbrand, lives near explosion.
Fire crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames. The home was leveled.
“It looks like a typical explosion, now whether it’s a gas explosion or explosions can come from anything. It’s a little early to say exactly what the cause would be, but yes by the way the debris was laid out, obviously, it was an explosion of some type,” said Sedgwick County Fire Division Chief Kip Hiebert.
Around 11:30 p.m., Chief Kip Hiebert spoke with the media. He said they found Doland in the debris.
A family member spoke with KSN News Tuesday and said Doland was a World War II veteran.
The fire was controlled within an hour. The cause of the explosion and fire is under investigation.
The Sedgwick County Fire Marshal tells KSN early indications point to possible propane leak that caused deadly explosion.
KSN will continue to follow this story throughout the day.