Neighborhood homes damaged by house explosion

By: Channel 8 Eyewitness Newsroom


"All of a sudden I heard this huge blast. Just, oh my God."

Dena Hornby says she was sitting in her living room near 77 & Old Cheney Rd, talking to a friend on the phone, when the house next door exploded Monday evening. Her windows and doors blew in with the force of the blast. Dena says she was miraculously unhurt, but stunned.
"I went out the back door," she said, describing the moments after the explosion. "I didn’t look straight across, I just looked down to the ground and all there was debris and I looked up, and I knew it was my neighbor’s house. And I didn’t see any exterior walls but I saw an interior portion and there were flames."

Dena’s house is one of four declared unlivable and structurally unsound after Monday’s massive explosion. Lincoln Fire and Rescue says 17 homes in the area reported damage from the blast.
"It’s pretty incredible the amount of area it covered," said Battalion Chief Leo Benes with LFR.

Houses blocks away from the original explosion were visibly damaged from the concussive force of the blast. Homes even further away reported windows askew, and pictures knocked off the wall. 

LFR says the two life threatening injuries are tragic, and the neighborhood is lucky, with such an extensive blast, that no one else was hurt.
"Somehow there was a shield around me, because I don’t have a scratch on me, I don’t have so much as a sliver of glass in my hair," Hornby said.

Lincoln Police have confirmed 43 reports of homes having some damage after Monday afternoon’s massive explosion.  

It happened in a neighborhood near 77th Street and Old Cheney Road. 

17 of those homes have structural damage.  

Several houses had exploded windows, cracks in the drywall, and damaged garage doors.