CLARKSVILLE — A couple and their 4-year-old son were injured when a house in Morgan Township exploded shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Jefferson fire Chief Joe Petek said that when his crews arrived on the scene in the 100 block of Bowser Road, the family was out of the house and at a neighbor’s house.

“Thank God, or we would have been pulling bodies out of there,” Petek said. “The grace of God got them out.”

Jeanne Robinson, who works at the Observer-Reporter, identified the man as her nephew, Cody White, and his son, James. Petek identified the mother as Samantha Adamson. They were flown by medical helicopters to the burn center at UPMC Mercy hospital in Pittsburgh.

“I would say they’re serious burns,” Petek said. “Only time will tell how bad things are with burns.”

Petek said the cause of the explosion is still undetermined and being investigated by the state fire marshal and gas utility workers. He said that when White “turned the gas stove on, the house blew up.” The explosion leveled the two-story house and firefighters found it engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Petek said they had to call in multiple water tanker trucks because of the distance from the home to the nearest hydrant. Waynesburg-Franklin firefighters assisted Jefferson firefighters at the scene, along with EMS Southwest medics.

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