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Home explosion kills man in McCall, seriously injures teenage girl, firefighters say

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CORRECTION: The Idaho Statesman in a previous version of this article incorrectly identified the street the explosion occurred on. The explosion happened on Fairway Drive.

One adult male died when a house exploded in McCall on Sunday afternoon, according to the McCall Fire Department. A teenage girl was seriously injured.

The explosion happened at around 4:15 p.m., near Fairway Drive, across from the McCall Golf Course. Fairway Drive follows the perimeter of the golf course, where several businesses and other buildings are located.

“The blast destroyed the home, leaving a crater and debris field hundreds of yards across. Arriving firefighters received reports of the female survivor screaming for help from the back of the burning wreckage,” according to a news release from the McCall Fire Department.

Two firefighters forced their way through burning rubble to the teenager and pulled her to safety, shielding her from heat and fighting fire using a pressure-water fire extinguisher.

The girl, who has not been identified, was carried to the nearby McCall Golf Course parking lot and then airlifted to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition, the fire department reported early Monday.

The cause and precise location of the explosion weren’t immediately clear. The name of the deceased man has not been released.

“Homes on either side of the blast were extensively damaged, suffering fire and broken windows. Sections of ceiling collapsed inside neighboring homes and boards were found penetrating the roofs,” the fire department reported in a news release.

The Idaho State Fire Marshals office and acting McCall Fire Department Chief Garrett de Jong are working to determine the cause of the explosion.