Natural gas explosion injures Garden City man

By Amber Friend
Garden City Telegram – October 16, 2018

The Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, Garden City Fire Department, Garden City Police Department and Black Hills Energy are investigating a natural gas explosion at a Garden City home that injured a man and extensively damaged the house.

At approximately 11:29 a.m. Monday, firefighters responded to an explosion in the garage of 703 N. Third St., a home owned by Gary Whitehurst of Wichita and occupied by Steven Olivarez, said Garden City Fire Chief Allen Shelton.

Though the GCFD had the resulting fire under control by about 11:38 a.m., firefighters remained on scene until 12:10 p.m. to ensure the structure was entirely extinguished, Shelton said. Shelton said the firefighters shut off the house’s gas and electricity, as it does for all structure fires, and called Black Hills Energy to investigate the scene, as it does whenever natural gas is involved in a fire. The department has not yet determined the cause of the explosion, he said.

Nalen Rincones, of Garden City, who Shelton said was in the garage at the time of the explosion, was injured during the incident and taken to St. Catherine Hospital, said Garden City police Sgt. Lana Urteaga. Shelton said Rincones does not live at the residence.

The explosion blew the garage door across the driveway and into an adjacent parking lot, damaging the windshield of one nearby car. The GCFD did not have a damage estimate on Monday.


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