House explosion kills one, leaves family picking up the pieces

State fire marshal investigating cause of explosion.
House Explosion In Newton County Kills One

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Twisted metal, burned wood, and lost memories.

The Schofield family lost their family home after an explosion caused devastation on Monday (August 31st).

“From the things they had told me, it took place underneath the house and blew it up, and then blew out.,” says the family’s pastor Curtis Walsh.

While their home can be replaced or rebuilt, Amy Schofield and her three kids can never replace a loved one that was lost.

“Somebody had called her and said there had been an explosion over in your area, are you okay? And she said I am, and she started to call her husband, and nobody answered the phone,” says Walsh.

Walsh explains that earlier in the day on Monday, Amy’s husband Johnny had new gas lines put in on their property.

“He smelt gas after the fact and called the company that put it in, and they said that’s just normal,” explains Walsh. “And so he decided that he would go ahead and fix dinner. And from my understanding, about the time he turned on the burner, that’s when the house exploded.”

The state fire marshal is currently investigating the explosion, and Johnny’s body is being sent to Springfield for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.

Family and friends are trying to help Amy pick up the pieces, with their church accepting donations, since they lost everything.

“Appreciate all the prayers that everyone can give to this family that lost a good man,” says Walsh. “They lost a husband, a father. I don’t believe the two little girls have comprehended it yet. So pray for the little girls especially, and Amy she needs all the strength she can get.”

So while they can replace their home and possessions, they can never replace the loving husband and father they lost.

“He had a kind heart. Big kind heart. He loved working for the kingdom of God. The thing that we can rejoice on is he’s in heaven now with his two babies that never got the chance to live. She had two miscarriages, so he’s there in heaven looking down on us today,” says Walsh. ” He loved the community. He loved people. He’s just a loving guy to me all the time. He had my back, and gonna miss him. Gonna miss him.”

Life Church of Carthage is accepting monetary and clothing donations for Amy and her kids.

You can donate clothing to the church tomorrow from 5 pm until 8 pm, and monetary donations can be made here:

When making a monetary donation, say that it is for Amy Schofield. A list of needed clothing can be found in the embedded Facebook post below.

It is with a very heavy and sad heart that I post this today. Yesterday evening there was an explosion at Amy and Johnny…

Posted by Life Church of Carthage MO on Tuesday, September 1, 2020