A husband and his wife are at Bridgeport Hospital with severe burns and serious injuries after their mobile home in Clinton exploded this morning.
The explosion happened at a mobile home park on Balsam Place in Clinton and residents in towns miles away heard it. Officials said the home used propane and they believe that is the source of the explosion, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Police started to receive several calls about a loud explosion around 12:30 a.m. and officers started trying to locate the source.
“The shock was just unbelievable. We had stuff knocked off our shelves, pictures off the wall. This guy, his windows were blown out,” Ray Saewczyk, of Clinton, said. “Scary stuff.”
A couple minutes later, police received a call that there was a fire at the Evergreen Park Complex. They found a 64-year-old Leo Hinkley and his 61-year-old wife, Candace Hinkley, surrounded by fire and pulled them from the burning wreckage.
“They sprayed their car fire extinguisher all over him, enough to be able to get him,” Denise Mosher, of Clinton, said.
Lifestar responded and flew the Hinkleys to Bridgeport Hospital. Leo Hinkley is in critical condition and Candace Hinkley is in serious condition, officials said.
Multiple responders assisted the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, including Old Saybrook, Madison and Killingworth. The Clinton Volunteer Fire Department extinguished the fire, secured the debris field and inspected the surrounding structures.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the explosion.
“Preliminarily, it appears there was some kind of propane explosion. That’s going to take time to ascertain what exploded and why,” Sgt. Jeremiah Dunn, of the Clinton Police Department, said.
Residents of four mobile homes are displaced.
Published at 4:44 AM EDT on Sep 21, 2017 | Updated 2 hours ago