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Update on explosion in Wilson

by jmaloni
Tue, Jul 24th 2012 04:15 pm

Press release

Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour is releasing additional details connected to the house explosion that occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 6 a.m. at 4972 Chestnut Road, Wilson.

After a neighbor called in the explosion to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, multiple fire departments and medical emergency units immediately responded to the single-family home. It was eventually learned that, at the time of the explosion, the home was occupied by five of the seven family members living there.

Amateur video by Christine Trapasso


Upon the arrival of emergency personnel, four of the five individuals were located. Of those initially located were Jody and Judith Johnson, the children's parents, and their daughter Katie (18 years of age) and son, Nathan, 16. The Johnsons and their daughter, Katie, were transported to Erie County Medical Center where they are currently being treated.

Nathan was first taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital and then transferred to ECMC. At this time, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, along with Nathan, are reported to be in stable condition. Katie's condition is reported as critical, due to severe burns.

After a thorough search of the scene, it is with great sadness that we report Sarah Johnson, 14, was located and pronounced dead at the scene.  The exact cause of death will be determined after an autopsy at the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

The remaining two of the Johnson's children, Hannah, 16, and Sam, 10, had stayed at a family friend's house the night before and were not home at the time of the explosion.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

If individuals wish to help the family in any way, they are asked to contact the Ransomville Free Methodist Church at 716-791-3855.


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