(11-16-21) Yesterday morning at around 11:45 am Rich Emery of Portland was working on a gas furnace located at his 4625 S. 700 East home when it ignited, causing an explosion that destroyed the house.

Emery could not locate his cell phone after the incident , but was able to get to his car and was able to make it a short way before ending up at a nearby location with his wife. Emery, who had numerous cuts and assorted injuries, was first taken to the IU
Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie and later careflighted to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Salamonia Fire Department arrived first at the scene and extinguished a small electrical fire.