West Point Home Explosion

A Dane firefighter watches Tuesday as a fire truck heads toward the site of an explosion at a town of West Point home under construction.

Jonathan Stefonek/Daily Register

LODI — A man was injured in an explosion at a home under construction here Tuesday morning.

Lodi Fire Chief Bobby Annen said the nearly 4,000-square-foot house was destroyed in the blast and ensuing fire, which was reported just before 10 a.m.

“The house exploded,” Annen said. “The structure was completely down when we arrived on the scene and the contents were fully involved.”

Firefighters from several area departments assisted the Lodi Fire Department at the scene at N1172 Chrisler Road, west of Lodi, between highways J and 60.

During the response, Lodi police closed Chrisler and Reynolds roads as emergency vehicles entered and exited the driveway that wound down one hill and up another to the home behind a line of pine trees.

A gas smell at the home was reported to a heating company between 8 a.m. and 8:30. A representative from the heating company was dispatched and was injured in the blast.

“When he arrived was when the house exploded,” Annen said. The man was transported by Lodi EMS to the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison; Annen did not have information on his condition.

On April 9, the Columbia County Planning and Zoning department issued a building permit to Ben and Debbie Larrabe, owners of Lodi-based Meade Concrete Co. Brian Lane Construction is listed on the permit as the general contractor for the project.

Fire departments from Pardeeville, Arlington, Dane, Poynette, Sauk City, Prairie du Sac and Merrimac and Emergency Medical Services from Sauk Prairie Ambulance Service assisted at the scene.