FOND DU LAC - One person was hurt when a condominium exploded in Fond du Lac Thursday morning.
It happened just before 5 a.m. at the corner of Twilight Trail and Moonlight Lane, on the city's east side.
While just the one person suffered minor injuries, it could've been much worse.
The early morning explosion inside the Eastwind Villas neighborhood could be heard and felt from miles away.
"It sounded like a lightning strike of some sort," said Troy Haase, Fond du Lac Fire Department.
And seen by someone driving by the moment it happened.
"I don't know what the heck happened. It just blew up!" said a caller to an emergency dispatcher.
Firefighters arrived to find a newly-constructed condominium on fire. No one was living in the condo and no was inside when it exploded. One person, who lives next door, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. As dawn arrived and the flames cleared, the damage became evident.
"There's parts of home everywhere. There wasn't a fire initially, but one ensued and we had to extinguish it," said Haase.
Those who work and live near the scene say they were surprised to hear no one was seriously injured.
The builder says it could have been much worse.
"There was a client that had just closed on one side and they were just getting ready to move in. Thank God they had not spent the night in the condo or anything. Then, the other side was an unfinished unit that had not been sold yet. So, we're very, very fortunate no one was occupying the other side," said Glenn Elmer a builder with Signature Homes.
While the injuries from this incident were not serious, the damage in this newer-developed neighborhood is.
"You hear there was an explosion, you expect to see a few windows out, but it's really quite devastating," said Tom Ackerman who works nearby.
Investigators were on the scene for most of the day.
Fond du Lac Fire Department officials say nothing appears to be suspicious at this time.
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