Furnace causes house explosion in eastern Pa.

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Fire officials say a house in eastern Pennsylvania may have to be torn down after a violent furnace explosion cracked the foundation and sent a man inside flying across the room.

It happened around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bloomsburg.

Fire Chief Bob Rupp said homeowners Phil and Brenda Vaughn amazingly were not injured. He said Phil Vaughn was above the explosion that was so powerful, it left a hole in the floor and blew out the windows and doors.

Rupp said water feeding the oil-fired, hot-water furnace was cut off, possibly from a frozen pipe or a malfunction. The furnace got progressively hotter as time passed and when water flow suddenly returned, it exploded.

Rupp said the house was so badly damaged that it may need to be demolished.

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