Wilson House Explosion; Family Improving

8:35 AM, Jul 27, 2012   |    comments
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WILSON, NY-  Three members of the Johnson family, who were injured in a house explosion in Wilson on Tuesday, are improving from their physical injuries.

Father Jody Johnson and son Nathan have been released from ECMC.  Mom Judy has been upgraded to fair.

Katie Johnson, who suffered burns over more than 70% of her body, is still listed in critical condition at ECMC.

Investigators have not officially listed the cause of the explosion that killed 14-year-old Sarah Johnson, and leveled the family's home.

However, in a text to WGRZ-TV, Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour said he hoped to be able to announce a cause during a news conference on Friday.

Investigators are looking at propane as a possible cause.

On Wednesday, volunteers went through the debris to help the family salvage photos, important papers and clothing.

Pastor Bill Lowery Jr. of the Ransomville Free Methodist Church tells Two On Your Side that the family has decided to accept the offer of a donor, to stay for free in a five bedroom home along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Wilson for as long as they need to while they decide on future housing options.

"It's a place where the whole family can be together for an extended period of time...we are still going to be working through the issues of Sarah, their daughter who was deceased, and we are now just beginning to make arrangements for her burial," Lowery said. "The Johnsons also want me to express to all of those who have made contributions to this point their thanks...they are over whelmed with your care and your support." 

There are ways for you to help the family. You can find all the details on how to donate by clicking here. 







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