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Cause of home explosion in Great Falls "not suspicious in nature at this time"

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UPDATE: Cascade County Undersheriff Dave Phillips says while the investigation is ongoing, the cause of the house explosion does not appear to be suspicious at this time.

A home on Willowdale Lane exploded on August 26 at approximately 2 a.m.

Neighbors woke up to a loud explosion and a huge fireball, not knowing what just happened.

“To tell you the honest truth, I thought with this was area the C-130s fly over, and I thought maybe one of them had crashed,” said Russell Taylor.

When two neighbors realized it was a home on fire, they knew they had to go help get the residents out. One was found quickly but the other was hesitant to leave.

“She said my purse is buried under here and I said no forget it we are out of here. So we helped her out and they were out,” said Taylor.

Taylor and neighbors we spoke with who didn’t want to go on camera told KFBB both people inside the house were miraculously uninjured. After running into a burning home and being called a hero, Taylor said he is no hero, just a good neighbor.

“The whole neighborhood knows them very well and you know I’m just glad I could help them,” said Taylor.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire, but gas crews have been working on the scene all day. We have reached out to Energy West but have not received any calls back. Neighbors say the homeowners are requesting privacy at this time.