Giant aquarium breaks in Sandy shed fire, explosion

SANDY, Ore. (AP) — A fire official says a roaring fire in a shed attached to a Sandy, Ore., house caused an explosion that fractured a giant saltwater aquarium in the home.

While 700 gallons of cascading water put out most of Friday's fire, the house also suffered extensive water damage.

Sandy Fire District Deputy Chief Phil Schneider says arriving fire crews found the shed engulfed in flames. He says the heat exploded a carbon dioxide canister in the shed. That explosion lifted the shed roof and knocked the home's exterior wall in about 4 inches.

Schneider says the canister blew into the house and broke open the aquarium.

He says the fish in the aquarium perished but a 12-year-old boy alone in the home when all this occurred managed to call his mother and escape with the family dogs.

Schneider says the cause of the shed fire is under investigation.