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‘Bomb Cyclone’ slams Northeast with heavy rain, winds as hundreds of thousands without power

A rapidly intensifying coastal storm known as a “bomb cyclone” has brought torrential rain and gusty winds to the Northeast, causing numerous trees to be downed and leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

The National Weather Services’ Weather Prediction Center said the storm will continue to bring heavy rainfall, gusty winds, and the threat of coastal flooding to parts of New England through Thursday before heading into Canada by Friday. Several inches of rain fell from Washington D.C. through Boston, which has now shifted up from upstate New York through Maine.

“The story that’s going to continue if you live in this region, we are under wind watches, warnings, advisories, from the Mid-Atlantic running all the way up the coast,” Fox News Meteorologist Adam Klotz said on “Fox & Friends.”

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The “bomb cyclone” can be seen off the coast of the Northeast on Thursday. (NOAA/GOES East)

“It is breezy out here,” Klotz added.

WHAT IS A ‘BOMB CYCLONE’?

The storm has brought powerful winds along the coast, with a wind gust of up to 90 mph in Provincetown, Mass. reported overnight, according to the NWS.

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Wind advisories and warnings stretch from the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. (Fox News)

“This wind, unfortunately, is going to stick with us the rest of the day,” Klotz said.

Those winds have caused numerous trees to fall throughout the region, closing roads and bringing down power lines. Around 400,000 customers are without power across the Northeast, with the highest number of outages in Maine and Massachusetts, according to PowerOutage.us.

The Duxbury Fire Department in Massachusetts reported that many roads are “completely impassible” due to downed wires and trees.

“Use extreme caution,” officials said.

Numerous schools were closed throughout the Boston area and the MBTA warned that commuter rail riders should expect “severe delays” due to so many downed wires and trees, Boston 25 reported.

The winds were so powerful in the town of Duxbury, Mass. that several dinghies were blown out of the water onto the shoreline.

METEOROLOGIST SEEMINGLY DROWNS IN RIP CURRENT THAT AGENCY HE WORKED FOR WARNED ABOUT

The storm has also impacted MLB postseason baseball.

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Rain from the “bomb cyclone” has shifted north away from the big cities of the Northeast. (Fox News)

Game 4 of the AL Championship Series scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed a day because of poor weather, with Game 5 pushed to Friday night at Yankee Stadium and Games 6 and 7 in Houston on Saturday and Sunday, if necessary. The Houston Astros beat New York Yankees 4-1 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 series lead.

The winner will face Washington and its well-rested, talented rotation starting in the AL city on Tuesday night.

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The coastal storm impacting the Northeast met the criteria to be known as “bomb cyclone,” which means it rapidly intensified, dropping 24 millibars (or atmospheric pressure) over a 24-hour span, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). A typical range in millibars is around 10 to 15.

Forecasters said once the storm moves out, that temperatures should be “rather cool” for October, with daytime highs as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California man says mother, 89, missing after fire destroys homes

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Don Turner’s 89-year-old mother was missing Thursday night after a wind-driven wildfire sparked by burning trash swept through a Southern California mobile home park, destroying dozens of residences.

Lois Arvickson called her son from her cellphone to say she was evacuating shortly after the blaze was reported in the Calimesa area, Turner said while with family members at an evacuation center.

“She said she’s getting her purse and she’s getting out, and the line went dead,” he said.

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Arvickson’s neighbors saw in her garage as flames approached, according to Turner. A short time later the neighbors saw the garage on fire, but they don’t know if she’d managed to escape, he said.

Riverside County fire officials said they’re still trying to determine if anybody is unaccounted for after 74 structures were decimated.

Previously authorities said they responded to “numerous” medical emergencies at the park. Several residents were transported to hospitals but there were no details on their conditions, county fire Capt. Fernando Herrera said.

Turner said he’s been checking hospitals.

Fire danger is high throughout California after the typically dry summer and early fall. The high temperatures and winds predicted for inland areas of Southern California materialized mid-afternoon Thursday, when the driver of a commercial trash truck dumped a smoldering load to prevent the vehicle from catching fire.

Dry grass quickly ignited and winds gusting to 50 mph (80 kph) blew the fire into the Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park, where Arvickson lived alone about 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of downtown Los Angeles. The park has 110 home sites and was built in 1958, according to its website. TV helicopter video showed vehicles and structures that were total losses.

About 160 students sheltered in place as smoke enveloped nearby Mesa View Middle School before buses arrived and evacuated them to another school outside the fire zone.

Crews were also battling a brush fire that prompted evacuations and closed Interstate 210 in the Sylmar neighborhood of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. Several vehicles burned in a nearby industrial complex. Another blaze threatened a neighborhood in the Newbury Park area of Ventura County, west of Los Angeles.

Fire officials were investigating what caused the trash in the truck to catch fire in Calimesa.

Linda Klosek, 70, and her daughter Stacey Holloway, 43, had gone grocery shopping and were on their way back home to Villa Calimesa when they saw their neighbors evacuating.

“You couldn’t even see anything, the smoke was so thick,” said Linda.

From the evacuation center they watched on TV as flames destroyed their home.

“When you’re watching it, it’s like someone else’s home,” Stacey said. They returned $60 worth of groceries to the store because now “there’s no place to put it.”

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The blaze, dubbed the Sandalwood Fire, was 10% percent contained Thursday night. It was one of several that broke out amid high winds and dry conditions that prompted California utilities to preemptively cut power to more than 2 million people in high-danger areas to guard against power lines sparking fires. The area that includes the mobile home park still had its power when the fire occurred.

To the west of Calimesa, firefighters contained a blaze that damaged two homes near Fontana. It was not immediately clear whether the power outage included the location where the fire broke out.

In Northern California, a brush fire sparked Thursday morning in the San Bruno Mountains south of San Francisco, prompting voluntary evacuations. No homes burned and firefighters made quick progress.

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Southern California fire destroys dozens of homes before winds die down

Santa Ana winds that drove fires through two Southern California areas have died down but flames that destroyed dozens of homes continue to rage.

A blaze in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles was only 13 percent contained Saturday after destroying 13 buildings. One man who had tried to fight the blaze died of a heart attack.

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The fast-moving fire is keeping tens of thousands of people from returning to their homes until officials are convinced it’s safe.

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Eyed Jarjour comforts a neighbor who lost his Jolette Ave. home to the Saddleridge Fire on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, in Granada Hills, Calif. (Associated Press)

Edwin Bernard, 73, is no stranger to flames that have frequently menaced his sunburnt corner of Los Angeles, but they never arrived as quickly or came as close to his home before.

Fire swept down the hill across the street and spit embers over his home of 30 years, sizzling through dry grass and igniting trees and bushes. He and his wife scrambled to go, leaving behind medication, photo albums and their four cats.

“It was a whole curtain of fire,” Bernard said. “There was fire on all sides. We had to leave.”

Bernard’s home and the cats left inside survived — barely. His backyard was charred.

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The fire broke out Thursday, just hours after flaming garbage in a trash truck sparked another wind-whipped blaze that ravaged a mobile park in Calimesa, east of downtown Los Angeles.

Several residents of the park were unaccounted for and the family of an 89-year-old woman says they fear she died when her home burned.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California power outages hit hard for elderly, those with medical needs

Most of the nearly 2 million people in Northern California who lost electricity during planned blackouts this week had power restored by Friday, according to Pacific Gas & Electric, the state’s largest utility.

But in many communities, vulnerable residents were grappling with issues such as disrupted health-related routines and equipment or the loss of costly perishable foods in their homes.

In many poor households, or the homes of people who have special health equipment, residents simply didn’t receive good information on how to prepare for California’s unprecedented plans to prevent the spread of potentially deadly wildfires, reports say.

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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 photo, Los Angeles City firefighters battle the Saddleridge fire near homes in Sylmar, Calif. (Associated Press)

“You don’t know until it happens how it’s really going to affect you,” Tara Drolma, 72, told the Los Angeles Times.

“You don’t know until it happens how it’s really going to affect you.”

— Tara Drolma, 72, California resident using a wheelchair and heart monitor

After her home lost power this week, she needed to decide whether to use the remaining power in an emergency battery to boost her electric wheelchair or her heart monitor, she said.

“It’s not a little thing,” Crystal Markytan, director of social services for Lake County, told the L.A. Times. “You don’t realize how dependent you are on power.”

PG&E was able to restore power to much of Northern California after workers inspected power lines to make sure they were safe and weren’t likely to spark fires. The utility said it found 30 instances of weather-related damage to its equipment during the shutdown.

By Friday evening, PG&E said it had restored power to 97 percent of the 738,000 homes and businesses affected by the deliberate blackout that began Wednesday. Those sites represented about 2 million power-using people, it said.

About 21,000 customers remained without power. Safety inspections of utility lines and other equipment were expected to resume Saturday morning, the company said.

“It’s not a little thing. You don’t realize how dependent you are on power.”

— Crystal Markytan, director of social services, Lake County, Calif.

Some people in the largely rural Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties and in Northern California’s wine country counties were in their third day without electricity.

Butte County is where a fire started by PG&E equipment last year decimated the town of Paradise and killed 85 people. It’s also home to the highest percentage of medically vulnerable utility customers in the state, the Desert Sun of Palm Springs reported.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES RAGE ON, KILLING 2 AND SPARKING WIDESPREAD EVACUATIONS OF 100,000 RESIDENTS

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In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 photo, a firefighter waits for water as the Saddleridge fire flares up near homes in Sylmar, Calif. (Associated Press)

Shelby Boston, director of employment and social services for Butte County, praised the county’s preparation work for the outages, telling the newspaper only two people had called in recent days for assistance with finding an alternative power supply or a need to relocate.

Dialysis patients posed a special concern in many areas. In one PG&E service area, three DaVita KidneyCare centers had closed and three others were running on generators because of the power shutoffs, according to the Desert Sun – meaning many patients needed to make alternative plans.

“Even just going to a different place than you’re used to, or not having the supplies or climate control you’d like in your home can be very stressful for patients,” Wendy Aranda, a renal dietitian for DaVita based in Thousand Oaks, told the newspaper.

“Even just going to a different place than you’re used to, or not having the supplies or climate control you’d like in your home can be very stressful for patients.”

— Wendy Aranda, renal dietitian, Thousand Oaks, Calif.

PG&E faced hostility and second-guessing over the shut-offs, which prompted runs on supplies like coolers and generators and forced institutions to shut down.

Ryan Fisher, a partner in consumer goods and retail practice at global consultancy A.T. Kearney, estimated $100 million in $200 million in fresh food was likely lost because of the outages along with $30 million a day in consumer spending.

PG&E cast the blackouts as a matter of public safety to prevent the kind of blazes that have killed scores of people over the past couple of years, destroyed thousands of homes, and ran up tens of billions of dollars in claims that drove the company into bankruptcy.

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The utility suggested it was already seeing the wisdom of its decision borne out as gusts topping 77 mph (122 kph) raked some hilltops where wildfire risk was extremely high.

Utility CEO Bill Johnson promised if future wind events require similar shut-offs, the utility will “do better” at communicating with customers. It’s unacceptable that its website crashed, maps were inconsistent and call centers were overloaded, Johnson said.

“We were not adequately prepared,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California wildfire risk may cause power outages in 30 counties for more than 600,000 customers

The largest utility in California has warned it may cut off power for large parts of the northern part of the Golden State starting Wednesday and Thursday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during expected warm, windy weather.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning from 5 a.m. Wednesday until 5 p.m. Thursday for the North Bay Mountains and Valleys and East Bay hills and valleys in the San Francisco Bay Area due to “extreme fire danger.”

“Really extreme fire weather is what we’re looking at right now, what the weather models are showing,” Cal Fire Chief Mike Mohler told FOX40 on Monday, adding: “This is the largest, most concerning event that we’ve had in 2019.”

Cal Fire said the agency is preparing for a widespread period of conditions that could allow blazes to spread and is starting additional aircraft, ground crews, and personnel to respond if needed.

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A similar warning has been issued for the Santa Cruz Mountains from 5 p.m. Wednesday through noon on Thursday due to a combination of “gusty and potentially strong, damaging north or northeast winds” combined with low humidity.

“Strongest winds are expected in the hills, but gusty winds will develop locally in the valleys and near the coast as well,” the NWS San Francisco Bay Area office said in a forecast discussion. “These conditions will result in critical fire weather conditions from Wednesday into Thursday, especially across the  North Bay, East Bay, and Santa Cruz Mountains.”

Forecasters said the windy stretch of weather may be the strongest offshore wind event in the area since the October 2017 North Bay Fires.

In Northern California, Pacific Gas & Electric announced possible blackouts in 30 northern and central counties starting Wednesday that could affect more than 600,000 customers. The utility said that, based on the latest forecast models, the peak winds will occur from early Wednesday morning to Thursday midday and customers may be affected by a power shutoff even if they are not experiencing extreme weather conditions in their specific location.

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Pacific Gas & Electric said it could cut off power to a large swath of Northern California later this week to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during hot, windy weather. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

“This is shaping up to be one of the most severe dry wind events we’ve seen in our territory in recent years and we want our customers to be prepared for an extended outage that may last several days,” Michael Lewis, senior vice president, PG&E Electric Operations, said in a statement. “We want our customers to be aware that, based on this number, it could take several days to fully restore power after the weather passes and safety inspections are completed.”

While PG&E has not confirmed any power shutoffs, the local police departments have announced that outages are likely.

The Lafayette Police Department said that 21,421 PG&E customers in the towns of Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette in Contra Costa County could expect a shutoff beginning shortly after midnight on Wednesday and lasting through at least Thursday afternoon.

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Pacific Gas & Electric may shut off power in parts of 30 counties in the northern and central parts of California on Wednesday and Thursday due to increased fire danger. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Officials said area residents should plan for family and pet medical needs, in addition to having enough fuel and water for each person and pet.

“Remember, gas stations, stores and ATMs in the immediate area will be closed,” police said, adding, “Know how to use the manual release on your garage door”

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On Monday evening around 4:30 p.m. Napa County officials said the utility was shutting off power to customers starting Wednesday morning and may extend five days or longer, KTVU reported.

Cal Fire said the state’s top five most destructive fires in terms of structure loss have taken place between September and November, with three blazes erupting in October in weather conditions that were a mix of gusty winds and low humidity. In addition to being careful to prevent blazes during high fire danger periods, officials told FOX40 on Monday that everyone should also have an evacuation plan ready.

“Wildland fires know no boundaries,” Mohler told FOX40 on Monday. “So, that traditional, ‘Oh, I don’t live next to a hillside with brush,’ no longer exits. If you look at the Tubbs Fire, it jumped the 101 Freeway, six lanes and went into what we would consider an urban neighborhood.”

Next month marks the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire, the state’s most destructive wildfire ever, that killed 85 people and destroyed in excess of 18,000 structures. Power lines owned by PG&E were blamed in sparking that blaze, and the company filed for bankruptcy in January as it struggled with billions in potential liabilities.

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Last month, PG&E shut off power to more than 48,000 customers in seven counties in wine country and the Sierra Nevada foothills as the humidity plunged, temperatures rose and winds kicked up. The outages lasted less than a day, and no major problems were reported.

In Sonoma County, PG&E cut power to 700 people in the Santa Rosa area, where the Tubbs Fire in October 2017 killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,000 homes. In January, state investigators said that blaze was sparked by a private electrical system.

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Southern California Edison said that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts. (AP Photo/John Antczak)

The risk of power outages this week isn’t just limited to Northern California. In the southern part of the state, Southern California Edison’s website showed Tuesday that more than 106,000 customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.

The largest numbers of potentially affected SoCal Edison customers are in Los Angeles County and to the east in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Also under consideration are areas to the west in Ventura County and to the north in Kern, Tulare, Inyo, and Mono counties.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano, Samuel Chamberlain, and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Colorado wildfire grows to nearly 6,000 acres, spurs evacuations

A wildfire burning in central Colorado continues to grow as air quality advisories were issued for parts of the state Saturday due to smoke and up to 300 people have been evacuated.

The Decker Fire has been burning since Sept. 8 after it was started by a lightning strike, but in recent days has been growing as windy weather pushed the blaze closer toward homes in the area.

The National Interagency Fire Center said late Saturday the wildfire’s northernmost burn area is about two miles south of Salida, Colo., located about 100 miles west of Pueblo. The blaze has grown to about 5,921 acres and is only 5 percent contained.

“It’s kind of nerve-wracking because you know there’s homes up there,” Salida resident JoAnna Fisher told FOX31 on Saturday and she watched smoke billowing into the sky from her front porch.

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The blaze has spurred mandatory evacuations in several subdivisions, causing some 300 people to be evacuated from about 130 homes. The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook that one home has burned so far in Fremont County while another has burned in Chafee County.

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Decker Fire has been burning since Sept. 8 after it was started by a lightning strike. (Decker Fire Information/Facebook)

Around 806 personnel are assigned to the fire, which has closed multiple roads in Chaffee, Fremont and Saguache Counties.

“Hopefully they get it under control,” Salida Tyler Fisher told FOX31.

Officials issued a red flag warning on Saturday out of concern that high winds from the west could push the blaze eastward.

“Once established, wind-driven spot fires could spread quickly,” officials said on a Facebook page set up to monitor the blaze.

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The Thornton Fire Department shared photos to Twitter of aircraft being deployed to help fight the blaze.

By Saturday night, the fire was reported to be “less alive” than in previous days, but officials were cautious that strong winds could “increase fire behavior.”

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An evacuation center has been established at the First United Methodist Church of Salida. The sheriff’s office said that the Chaffee County Fairgrounds is in need of donations of hay, to assist in feeding evacuated animals.

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Humidity levels are expected to rise on Sunday, but strong winds are forecast to return by Monday that may fan the spread of flames this week.

“Potential still exists for alignment for large fire growth,” fire officials said.

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Transformer explosion at Southern California Oktoberfest celebration injures 4

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A transformer reportedly exploded at a Southern California Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday night, resulting in injuries to two firefighters and two civilians, according to reports.

A fireball could be seen ballooning near the Old World Village restaurant in Huntington Beach around 8 p.m.

Witnesses reported hearing at least three explosions, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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The restaurant was evacuated.

The Huntington Beach Fire Department said all of the injuries were minor.

Officials said an underground electrical vault exploded, but they were still investigating the cause.

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Hundreds of customers were left without power after the explosion, The Times reported.

Huntington Beach is about 37 miles south of Los Angeles.

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Disney World Skyliner gondola mishap prompts rider evacuations: reports

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An apparent mechanical glitch on the new Skyliner gondola ride at Walt Disney World in Florida resulted in riders being stranded for hours Saturday night, according to reports.

As of midnight, Disney had provided no details about what happened, nor did the company confirm that riders had to be rescued, according to the Orlando Sentinel. But photos, videos and park-visitor accounts posted on social media suggested that some kind of malfunction had occurred, resulting in delays for passengers still in the air.

A Disney statement said only that the ride had been experiencing “unexpected downtime,” Orlando’s FOX 35 reported. The phrase was widely mocked on social media.

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After midnight, the Twitter page BlogMickey posted that all riders had been evacuated.

Each gondola accommodates about 10 people and were not air-conditioned, the Sentinel reported. The newspaper said the ride carries park visitors between Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and the Epcot center, traveling about 11 mph and as high as 60 feet in the air.

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One man told the paper he was aboard the ride with his disabled mother, who became ill during the wait to be evacuated. He said Disney eventually gave them four all-day passes and a $200 gifft card, according to the report.

Visitors to the park began posting photos and messages on social media, describing what happened.

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World War II-era aircraft crashes at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, injuries reported

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Multiple injuries were reported after a World War II-era aircraft crashed Wednesday at Connecticut’s largest airport, officials said.

Bradley International Airport said in a statement on Twitter an accident involving a Collings Foundation World War II aircraft took place.

“We have an active fire and rescue operation underway. The airport is closed,” officials said. “We will issue further updates as information becomes available.”

Multiple injuries were reported, according to the Hartford Courant.

Smoke and flames were visible from the ground, according to FOX61.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Purple Heart recipient dies after saving granddaughter, 3, from Oklahoma house explosion

A Purple Heart recipient and Army veteran is being remembered for his heroic actions after sacrificing his own life to save his granddaughter after their home in Oklahoma exploded and caught fire last month.

Don Osteen, 69, was with his 3-year-old granddaughter Paetyn when a propane gas explosion leveled Osteen’s house in Maud, Okla. on Sept. 19.

“Not only was the fire devastating, but the entire house collapsed on them both during the fire,” family members wrote on a GoFundMe page. “Papa rushed to cover Pae with his body to save her from the collapsing house and flames.”

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His son, Brendon Osteen, told Oklahoma City television station KFOR his father was 15 to 30 feet away from the front door, lighting a candle next to the stove when the blast took place.

“He wasn`t worried about himself at all,” he told KFOR. “I’ll leave it at that, but save her was the message he was trying to get across and he did exactly that.”

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Don Osteen died from injuries he sustained while trying to save his granddaughter, Paetyn, left, after his home was leveled in a gas explosion last month. (GoFundMe)

After the blast, family members said the 69-year-old sustained a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and third-degree burns over 70 percent of his body that left “flesh hanging off his body.” Even after sustaining such serious injuries, Osteen grabbed his granddaughter and carried her a quarter of a mile up a driveway to find help.

“He just got out of the house and headed straight to where he knew help was,” Brendon Osteen told KFOR-TV. “He tried to get in his truck and his keys were melted to him. His phone was exploded in his pocket.”

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The two were eventually airlifted to Integris Burn Center in Oklahoma City, with both placed in critical condition. On Sept. 23, family members said he succumbed to his injuries.

“He knew that he did his job by saving the life of his Boo Boo Chicken. He loved my daughter beyond unconditionally. And he gave it all for her to live,” Brendon wrote on Facebook. “He was a great God-fearing man who impacted so many people. And he will be missed dearly.”

Brendon, who said his father was a “very Christian man,” called him a hero.

“He believed he should try his best to live his life to the standard of Jesus Christ and that was his first obligation every day that he woke up,” he wrote. “He lived to be like Christ, and he gave his life in sacrifice of my daughters Like Christ.”

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On Monday, Brendon said on Facebook that Paetyn is “healing up wonderfully’ as she continues to recover at the hospital.

The 3-year-old was moved into her own room on the pediatric floor at the hospital, and on Thursday will have a skin graph during surgery.

“The resilience of this little girl is more than most men I see nowadays. One proud set of parents here,” her father wrote. “We’ve got a special one for sure.”

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A memorial service with military honors for Don Osteen will be scheduled at a later date under the direction of Swearingen Funeral Home of Konowa, Okla., according to an obituary.

The 69-year-old served in the U.S. Army and was wounded in Vietnam in the early 1970s. Besides being awarded a Purple Heart, Osteen also received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Marksmanship Medal, and two Bronze Star Medals.

A fundraiser has been set up by the family to help pay for Paetyn’s ongoing medical bills.

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