"I'm in shock," he said as he faced his home and surveyed the damage.
Behind him, Unified Fire Authority crews worked to douse hot spots at his neighbor's house, near 15000 South and 235 East. The explosion and subsequent fire at the home was reported just after 7:20 a.m.
"My wife and I were sleeping," Banford said. "We [heard] a tremendous, I mean a tremendous, explosion."
Two hours after the explosion, only the two-story home's frame and foundation remained. Jared Norton, a public information officer for Unified Fire Authority, said the cause and origin of the two-alarm fire are under investigation. Draper city officials said in a tweet that the fire was caused by a gas explosion.
UFA spokesman Chris Atkin said Friday morning that a helicopter flew one burn victim to a hospital, but he had no other details about the extent of his injuries.
David Politis, who lives one street west, said he heard an explosion and ran outside to help. He saw two men surrounding another man, whose clothes had been burned off.
"I wasn't worried about what happened [to the house]," said Politis, who gave a blanket and water to the injured man before emergency crews arrived. "I was concerned with bringing aid and comfort to him."
Neighbors said the man's family was away and he was the only one in the house at the time of the explosion.