Teen burned in Brown County house fire, explosion

Georgetown fire and explosion
Published: Nov. 10, 2014 at 10:27 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM EST
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Kilee Brookbank (pictured left). Provided photo.
Kilee Brookbank (pictured left). Provided photo.

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - A teenage girl is being treated for burns after a Brown County explosion and house fire Monday afternoon.

The explosion happened in the 300 block of Free Soil Road in Georgetown around 4:30 p.m.

The girl, who authorities identified as Kilee Brookbank, suffered burns on 60 percent of her body. She was transported to a local hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

"She's got some nasty burns," said fire chief Joe Rockey. "She's got some healing time. In my experience, I think it's definitely something she'll survive."

According to Rockey, propane may to blame for the explosion. He said Brookbank lit a candle to get the smell out of the house.

"She came home and smelled a, what she said was similar to a sewer smell, sewer gas, and she lit a candle to do away with the odor and the explosion occurred," Rockey said.

"The floor is intact in areas, but it's burnt underneath as well as on top which leads me to believe that perhaps maybe the gas had gotten under the floor," he said. "Once it found the ignition source, the house ignited."

Officials are still investigating the exact cause.

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