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Originally posted by SavedOne
It appears this house is in a very remote location, so it likely does not have natural gas service. They probably do have a propane tank for cooking and possibly for heating. Propane has no scent at all, so if the propane began leaking into the house then no one in the house would even know it. Most residential propane cylinders are 250 gallons. If much of that leaked into the house, then it could have turned the house into a ticking bomb. Any ignition could have lit it off such as someone striking a match, or someone hitting the ignitor on a stove, or even an ignitor on a furnace could have done it. If this is what happened, it's also possible that the resulting explosion could have done the damage shown in the pics while also burning up most of the accumulated gas, thus no fire. The reason most natural gas explosions result in a fire is because the gas line is ruptured, so it feeds a constant supply of new gas in, which keeps the fire burning. If this was a propane explosion and the entire tank emptied into the house, there would be no additional raw fuel to keep a fire going. A flash explosion will typically not ignite wood and drywall because it burns off too fast. Most building materials need to be subjected to heat for a pretty good period of time before they ignite, just a second or two wouldn't to it. I do wood carving and use a torch to burn the wood to raise the grain, you'd be amazed at how long you can hold a torch to wood without setting it on fire.
Originally posted by rstregooski
I understand your point. All I can say is that propane definitely has a smell..
I noticed the tank too.... but I also spotted just behind them what look to be large air purifiers or fans lends credit to the possibility of a meth lab. Maybe.....