Jackson County home leveled in explosion, sheriff identifies man found dead

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JACKSON COUNTY (KSNT) A Monday night explosion has leveled a rural Holton home, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has now identified a man found dead in the debris.

The explosion leveled the home north of Holton. (KSNT Photo/Mark Feuerborn)

The sheriff identified the man as Billy “Lu” Griffiths, 61, of Holton.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the explosion happened around 6:15 p.m. Rescue units went to 27284 Q4 Road over 3 miles north of Holton, or about ¾ of a mile northeast of Jackson Heights School. When they got to the scene, they found the home leveled and flames burning in the rubble.

Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse said investigators believe the home was under renovation, and they’re not ruling out a gas leak as the cause of the explosion. The home is now a total loss.

According to Morse, the blast could be felt all the way into Holton, and the explosion shattered nearby neighbors’ windows. When emergency crews arrived at the scene, they found the home completely leveled and on fire.

The incident remains under investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshal and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

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