House Explosion Rocks north side of La Crosse

A massive house explosion rocks the north side of La Crosse.

It happened Thursday morning. Fire and Xcel Energy crews scrambled to the scene where they would spend much of the day dealing with the explosion.

Flames shot through the freezing air this morning when the house that used to sit at 1411 Palace Street blew up. Jerry Kjos, who lives nearby, heard the blast during breakfast.

"I heard a big explosion. It sounded more like two cars at the intersection, but then I saw a piece of metal fly on the ground."

The frame and parts of the roof that ended up in the yard are the only recognizable parts of the house left.

"Makes your knees kind of weak when you think about it. I called 911 right away. I've never done that before and I got through to them and everybody showed up right on time, but I've never experienced anything like this before."

The house still burned as firefighters did their best to put out the flames.

"We got the call and they said there was an explosion and fire. The information was a little bit sketchy, even on the location, and once our units got on scene, they determined it was a home and that it was pretty much involved in fire," says La Crosse Division Fire Chief Jeff Brohmer.

Luckily, no one was home and no one was hurt, but the home where Anthony Subjek and his son lived is now gone.

"I think they were going to sell this place eventually,” says Kjos. “Up to about a week, a week and a half ago, he'd been here. He took care of his son, a 3-year-old boy. He'd have been there too. Lucky they changed locations for a while."

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


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