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4 burned in explosion at Carroll home Resident, 3 firefighters hurt in blast during blaze


A Taneytown man and three firefighters were burned last night when an explosion occurred during a fire at the man's home, a Carroll County government spokeswoman said.

One of the firefighters and the resident -- identified by neighbors as Donald Shantz -- were flown by state police helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

Both men had facial burns. One also suffered burns to nine percent of his body, and the other to as much as a quarter of his body, said spokeswoman Cindy Parr.

Parr said firefighters had been called to Shantz' home in the 2500 block of Roop Road shortly after 9 p.m. to battle a one-alarm blaze. The fire, which was contained in one room, apparently had been brought under control when the explosion occurred.

"When [the firefighters] were going through the house, they found chemicals and threw them out," Parr said. "As the ground crew was raking through the area, they hit the chemicals, causing the explosion."

The other two firefighters suffered minor facial burns and other injuries from the explosion.

Fire officials had not determined exactly what caused the blast. A hazardous materials unit from Frederick County and a bomb technician from the state fire marshal's office were investigating the incident.

Pub Date: 9/02/96

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