CLINTON, Okla. (KFOR) – A Clinton home explosion killed two people early Tuesday morning, leaving families in mourning as an investigation is ongoing to find out the cause of it.
“He was more than a cousin, he was my best friend,” said Steven Penner, one of the victim’s cousins. “I loved him like a brother.”
Steven Penner is one of the family members saying they are completely devastated and left in shambles by the loss of their loved one. He said they got the news of what happened just a couple hours after the explosion. Then they were left picking up the pieces in Clinton on Wednesday after the exploding home killed his cousin and his cousin’s wife. KFOR is not revealing the names of the deceased since they have not yet officially been released.
“I wish I could bring him back, and I’ll miss him very much,” Penner said.
Lt. Dylan Abner with the Clinton Fire Department said the call came in around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’ve never responded to anything like that, our chief in his 24 years has never seen anything quite like that,” Abner said. “There was large amounts of fire from where the house was standing along with debris all over the yard, neighbors yards and everything, about 40 to 50 feet from where the house was originally standing.”
The fire was under control within an hour, leaving behind nothing but devastation.
“When I look at this, there ain’t no words I can say,” Penner said speaking about the debris left behind. “It hurts.”
The home was blown completely to pieces. KFOR’s four-sight drone saw items strewn across the yard. Even a shop door just feet away was slightly caved in. It’s still unclear as to what caused the explosion at this time as an investigation is ongoing and as the family tries to heal.
“I’m just tore up,” Penner said. “I’m devastated.”
Penner said the family was on scene cleaning the area and closing some things up so nothing could get stolen. The state fire marshal as well as the ATF are involved in the investigation of the incident.