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Explosion damages 2 Bear Lake condos

By Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Jul. 15, 2019 at 10:17 p.m. | Posted - Jul. 15, 2019 at 8:36 p.m.

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GARDEN CITY, — A propane tank on a gas grill exploded Monday afternoon causing a fire to break out at a four-unit Bear Lake condo, authorities said.

The incident was reported around 5 p.m. at a condo in Harbor Village on the west side of Bear Lake, according to Garden City Fire District Chief Mike Wahlberg.

Two units were significantly damaged in the fire and Wahlberg said those units would likely need to be rebuilt. The other two units appeared to only need minor repair and cleaning, he added.

In addition to Garden City Fire District, Laketown Fire District and Bear Lake County Fire also responded to the fire and it was extinguished within a few hours.

Wahlberg estimated the two heavily impacted units sustained significant damage to 50% of each unit and the fire caused a few hundred thousand dollars in damages. Although, he noted the structure wouldn’t need to be torn down and it was mainly superficial damage.

A small grass fire also broke out next to the condos but has since been extinguished, he said.

No one was in units when the tank exploded and no injuries were reported, Wahlberg said. Officials are still investigating what caused the tank’s explosion, he said.


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