Roseville home-explosion cause that kills 1 remains unknown

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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A suspicious house explosion occurred Tuesday morning in Roseville that left one father dead and his daughter temporarily hospitalized..

Killed in Tuesday’s house fire in west Roseville was Kevin Jon Hourigan, 48, of Roseville, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.  Hourigan’s cause of death is not known yet as toxicology reports are still being done, according to Lt. Andrew Scott of the Placer County Sheriff's Investigation Division Thursday.

A teenage female was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures, Scott said.

The cause of the blast and fire at the home located on Eagle Springs Place is still under investigation, according to Scott.

At about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, the Placer County Sheriff's Office received a report of an explosion followed by a house fire, according to Scott.

“When we got there, the garage was fully engulfed. Roseville Fire, CAL FIRE (Nevada Yuba Placer) and ourselves (Placer County Sheriff's) all responded to that residence,” Scott said. “The fire agencies were quickly able to knock that fire out and prevented the fire from spreading to other houses in the neighborhood or even much into the rest of the house. The garage (and one vehicle) were just completed destroyed.”

“Placer County investigators were on scene for over 12 hours collecting evidence, documenting the scene while coordinating with our coroner for the purpose of the fatality,” Scott said. “There was one other occupant that lives at the residence, a teenage girl. She was transported to the hospital for precautionary measures.”

The nature of this fire is suspicious, according to Scott.

“Because the fire started with an explosion, which is typically not something we see, that is why it’s suspicious at this point,” Scott said. “That in and of itself doesn’t mean it was criminal or intentional. It could be something as innocuous as a propane bottle exploding.”

The explosion is still under investigation, according to Scott on Thursday.