HUNTINGDON, Pa. (WTAJ) — Crews were called to the scene of a house fire Monday morning in Huntingdon County.

According to reports, an explosion caused a fire on Highland Avenue in Huntingdon just up the block from Juniata College just before 8:30 a.m.

One woman, Michele Shovlin, who is in her 50s, was reportedly inside the home when the explosion happened. When first responders arrived on scene, Michele was trying to crawl out of the basement and two neighbors were able to pull her out of her home. She was taken to UPMC Altoona for burn injuries.

Neighbors heard and felt the explosion and many had thought something happened in their houses.

Lonnie Woomer and her family have lived on Highland Avenue for over 20 years and this morning started like any typical morning.

However, when Woomer looked outside, she saw Michele Shovlin’s house was gone and right next door a fire had started on the roof. She and her son ran to save the neighbor’s dog and that’s when they heard Michelle yelling for help.

I was in the kitchen and I felt a huge… It felt like something exploded in our house. I could not believe anybody could survive that. I mean it was… The whole house was completely leveled and no one would be able to survive that. That was unbelievable.

Lonnie Woomer


Family members walked through the rubble early this afternoon looking for some salvageable keepsakes.

The cause of the explosion is still unknown at this time and is still under investigation. Officials say natural gas does not run through the area and one neighbor informed WTAJ that he found the home propane tanks completely full.

Stick with WTAJ as we will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.