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BLAST LEAVES SANDY HOME IN RUINS, INJURES MAN, GIRL

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A violent explosion blasted out the east side of a Sandy home Saturday - critically injuring a man sleeping in the basement and leaving the $200,000 rambler in ruins.

Five other residents escaped without serious injury, although 12-year-old Kathy Bailey suffered a broken collarbone. She was transported to Alta View hospital where she was treated and released.The 4:50 a.m. explosion left the home at 11150 S. 1320 East almost entirely enveloped in smoke and flames. Cause of the explosion had not been determined Saturday night.

"After arriving, we had to focus our initial strategy on rescuing the man trapped in the basement," said Sandy Fire Chief Don Chase. "The home was filled with fire and the explosion caused a lot of debris, so it took our people almost 20 minutes to cut a path through the fire with our hoses to get to the victim."

Crews finally reached Steve Bailey, 29, about 5:10 a.m. and hoisted the unconscious man out of his smoke-filled room. He was flown to University Hospital with severe smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

The rescue left firefighters so exhausted that additional units were summoned.

Meanwhile, crews cut a hole in the roof with axes in an effort to ventilate the home and prevent the blaze from spreading through the attic.

Firefighters finally doused the fire about 45 minutes later, but hot spots kept crews occupied throughout the morning.

In all, more then 30 firefighters from Sandy, Draper, South Jordan and Salt Lake County fought the blaze.

Construction crews later bulldozed the charred roof and walls so investigators could safely search the basement where the explosion occurred.