Sheriff’s deputies have identified the man killed and those injured in a home explosion in Cache County on Thursday evening.
In a press release, the Cache County Sheriff’s Office said that at 6 p.m., a house at 5670 North and State Road 23 in Newton exploded, killing all three people inside. The house exploded and caught fire, destroying it.
The news announcement said that the victim of the blast was a man named John Mullin. Joshua Mullin, another resident, was injured when the explosion blew him and his family out of the house. After severe burns to his arms, chest, and face, Joshua Mullin was taken to Cache Valley Hospital.
“He is currently sedated and has a long recovery ahead of him,” the release stated.
A woman was rescued from the home and eventually identified as John Mullin’s wife, Caryn. She suffered numerous broken bones and burns and was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital for treatment.
Sheriff’s deputies worked late into the night sifting through the debris of the house, hoping to find John Mullin, who was inside at the time of the explosion. Around midnight, his body was discovered.
Deputies said the family operates as a registered dog breeding business in the county. Thirty or so canines were housed in a different building on the site at the time of the explosion.
A witness across the street said he could smell the propane and see the explosion on KSL NewsRadio. As he couldn’t enter the house to help the victims, he dialed 911 instead.
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Another nearby resident claimed fragments of the explosion had landed on his property. Several hours after the explosion, deputies found and rescued five of the 16 dogs inside the house. They are three in critical condition and two in good condition. Family members are taking care of all the other canines on the property.
“The men and women who put their lives on the line to save Caryn demonstrated heroic behaviors as expected in Cache County,” deputies stated.
Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi of the Cache County Sheriff’s Office indicated that they have not determined what caused the explosion.
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