One man is dead and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries after their Columbia home exploded. Emergency crews responded to the 300 block of McNab Dr. to find flames shooting thirty-feet in the air about 11:20 Friday morning. The explosion occurred just a few blocks away from Boone Hospital Center.
Authorities seached the scene for several hours and discovered Carl Sneed's body was located in the basement of the home later Friday afternoon. His wife, Merna Sneed survived the explosion but suffered life-threatening burns to 30 percent of her body. She was listed in critical condition at the George Peak Burn Center at University Hospital Friday evening.Authorities say she woman survived the explosion because the force of the blast blew her into her backyard.
Crews from Ameren UE are on the scene to assist Columbia Fire investigators, as natural gas is considered one possible cause.