‘There was no house’

‘There was no house’

Family of 3 survives ‘devastating’ explosion
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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Emergency medical personnel load one of the victims of a house explosion into a helicopter about 11 p.m. Tuesday on La Plata County Road 243 near Lemon Reservoir.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
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Butch Knowlton, director of the La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, inspects the remains of Tim and Karen Kelley’s home at 6541 County Road 243 north of Lemon Reservoir.
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Veterinarian Randy Hays of Riverview Animal Hospital examines Rocko, a 6-year-old chocolate Labrador, on Wednesday as technician Becky Caldwell holds an oxygen mask for the Kelleys’ dog. Rocko had been found earlier in the debris field of the Kelleys’ house, which exploded Tuesday night. Rocko suffered smoke inhalation along with singed fur, blunt trauma to the head and concussive forces to the chest resulting in a cardiac arrhythmia, but he was showing signs of improvement, Hayes said.
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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, looks over what is left of a house on La Plata County Road 243 on the north end of Lemon Reservoir. Tim and Karen Kelley and their daughter, Cameron, 9, were injured when the house exploded.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
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A picture frame rests in a tree about 30 yards from the destroyed house.
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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Office of Emergency Management, looks at the remains of a house on La Plata County Road 243 on the north end of Lemon Reservoir. Leaking propane is suspected of igniting, destroying the house and injuring three people.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
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$PHOTOCREDIT_ON$A helicopter takes off about 11 p.m. Tuesday with a victim of the house explosion on La Plata County Road 243 on the north end of Lemon Reservoir.$PHOTOCREDIT_OFF$
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Two funds have been set up to assist the Kelley family. One is at Wells Fargo Bank called the Kelley Family Assistance Fund. The other is at Bank of Colorado called the Kelley Family Fund.
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Dog found alive after hourslong search

A chocolate Lab was pulled from the remains of a home that exploded Tuesday north of Lemon Reservoir – 16 hours after the blast.
The family dog belongs to Tim and Karen Kelley and their 9-year-old daughter, Cameron.
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