Fire officials: Young girl killed in Oklahoma house explosion, 3 injured

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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say a young girl was killed and her family members were injured following a house explosion in the Oklahoma City metro.

Shortly before 7 a.m. on Thursday morning, Oklahoma City and Edmond firefighters were called to a home explosion near N.E. 140th and Midwest Blvd.

Authorities say the explosion could be heard from more than 30 miles away.

When crews arrived on the scene, they realized the home had been destroyed.

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office tells KFOR News 14-year-old Berklee MaGuire died in the explosion. Her father, Shawn, is listed in serious condition, while her mother, Tanda, and brother, Hayden, have burns.

picture of family
A family’s home exploded in Oklahoma City on the morning of 9/24/2020. The Maguire family lost their 14-year old daughter in the blast. The other three members were sent to the hospital. Picture courtesy Maguire family

Neighbors say the disoriented father said he was shocked while plugging in a coffee maker when the blast happened. Investigators now say the explosion was caused by leaking propane from an uncoded line installed in a wood-burning fireplace.

Fulkerson says the investigation will be completed by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Officials say three other nearby homes also suffered damage from the explosion.

“Sarah and I are heartbroken by the news of an explosion at a home in Edmond this morning and the tragic loss of a child. I am actively monitoring the situation and have offered our full support as the response and investigation into this incident continues. Please keep the family and our first responders in your prayers at this time,” Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement.

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