One person suffered severe burns as a result of a house fire along Highway 37 near Purdy last Wednesday.
According to Mike Redshaw with the Purdy Fire Protection District (PFPD), the owner of the residence, Dennis Webb, was reportedly attempting to light his furnace when something exploded.
Authorities with the PFPD, the Butterfield Fire Protection District and the Barry-Lawrence County Ambulance District (BLCAD) were dispatched to the scene.
"Our first-arriving unit found heavy smoke coming from the residence and the owner outside of the house," said Redshaw. "He (Webb) had suffered severe burns to his face, arms and torso."
Upon making an interior attack to the burning structure, fire teams found heavy fire located in the partial basement and attic extension of the residence.
The fire damaged a large portion of the structure, causing the floor above the basement and the roof above the same area to collapse.
Redshaw said Webb was treated by PFPD personnel until ambulance crews arrived. Webb was transported by ambulance to a helicopter landing zone at RM Industries and then flown to the burn unit at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
Authorities with the Missouri Fire Marshal's office and the state propane council responded to assist with the investigation.
According to initial reports, an explosion occurred in the basement, but the cause of the explosion is still unknown.