Harrowing house explosion 911 call: "We're all bleeding"

Published: Oct. 11, 2018 at 11:55 AM CDT
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"The house next door just blew up."

A neighbor's harrowing call to 911 gives us a sense of the panic after a house exploded Wednesday in Calumet County.

"We're all bleeding," says the caller after she tells the dispatcher that a neighbor's home on Fire Lane 12 in the Village of Harrison had exploded.

"My baby's hurt. Please send help." The dispatcher assures her that an ambulance is on the way.

The explosion was powerful enough to shatter neighbor's windows. It tore through the side of another home. Shredded insulation covers roofs and vehicles. Shingles and pieces of wood litter an empty lot across the street. There's a hole in the ground where the house stood.

The Calumet County Sheriff's Office says two people were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening. There were no fatalities.

"We're extremely grateful that there was not more loss of life because the loss of life potential was extreme, and we were very lucky to not have that," said Chief Amos Mikkelson, Harrison Fire Department.

The blast was heard miles away. People in Appleton, Kaukauna, Wrightstown and Darboy reported hearing the explosion. Dozens of people called 911 to report the blast.

Neighbors described it as feeling like an earthquake. Some worried a plane had crashed.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. The owner of the home was not there when it happened.