PEYTON - A Peyton house was destroyed Thursday morning when a fire that apparently started in the laundry room led to explosions inside the house, firefighters said.
Peyton firefighters said a backdraft from heat buildup inside the house in the 6900 block of Sphinx Court led to the initial explosion, and several smaller ones were fueled by oxygen tanks in the house.
None of the family of seven, including four children, who live in the house were home at the time of the fire. The Red Cross was at the scene assisting the family.
Neighbor Mark Bonds said he saw the flames and went into the house to make sure no one was inside. He let two dogs out of the house. A third dog in a kennel in the house apparently died in the fire.
Bonds said one firefighter who was about 20 feet from the house when the first explosion occurred was knocked down by the blast, but got right back up.
The cause of the fire has not been determined.