Woman injured in home explosion, fire in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Firefighters in Hutchinson responded to a home explosion in the 1500 block of East Second around 2:15 this morning. When crews arrived, they found the house fully engulfed in flames, but they were able to get it under control in approximately 25 minutes.

Officials say that a woman, identified by family members as 47-year-old Theresa Kappel, was removed from the home before the fire department arrived by an unknown person. Jose Lopez says he was visiting a friend when he heard a loud noise, he looked down the street and quickly ran to help Kappel.

“I ran over here and kicked the door in and the lady blew up in there. She getting up from the ground and she was burnt,” Lopez said.

Without a second thought, he knew he had to get her out.

“Those words, I’m burnt, I’m burnt, I know because I was in a fire and I got burnt up pretty bad.said Lopez.”I know those words and how she felt, what she was going through.”

Kappel received help for burns with Reno County EMS before being transported to Via-Christi St. Francis.Her father, Wayne Pederson, tells KSN News she received third-degree burns on 39 percent of her body.

“Her face is all swelled up. No hair. She’s got burns on her back, her legs and arms. You know, 39 percent of her body,” said Pederson.

Wayne said he’s mainly concerned about his daughter’s condition, but wants to thank Jose for helping.

“He saved my daughter’s life which you can tell by the look of the house. He went in there and saved her,” said Pederson.

“I did what I could. I’m just glad that she got out and she’s alive,” Lopez said.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but officials aren’t ruling out a gas explosion from a loose fitting on an interior gas line.

Credit: Ryan Green

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