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Occupant suffers burn to hand in residence fire

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GRAMMER, Ind. — A fire that destroyed a house west of Grammer in southeast Bartholomew County early this morning was likely caused by an exploding liquid propane tank inside the residence, police said.  

Steven Kinser, who rented the home at 5225 South County Road, 900E, was awakened by his girlfriend, who said she first heard a loud boom and then discovered the fire that had erupted near the kitchen sink, according to Chief Deputy Maj. Todd Noblitt of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department. 

While Kinser was unsuccessful in containing the blaze, he was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital with second-degree burns to his hand. His girlfriend was not injured. The rental property, owned by Columbus firefighter Tim Loyd, is considered a total loss, however.

Read more details in Friday's edition of The Republic.

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