Two men were airlifted to a burn center after a house exploded in Henderson County, NC just after 1 p.m. on November 17. The Henderson County Fire Marshal’s Office and Fletcher Fire & Rescue are investigating what caused the blast that completely destroyed the home located on Kyles Creek Road. Fire Marshal Kevin Waldrup told local media that they are trying to determine if propane was the source.
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The injured men, who are believed to be father and son, dug themselves out of the rubble and sought help from a neighbor, Val Blarcum, according to an ABC12 WCTI report.
“They told me that a gas company had filled their tanks either yesterday or the day before,” Blarcum told the station. “They also told me they were down in the basement, which is where the gas and hot water tank is. They said they both smelled gas and the hot water tank was making noises. I’m not sure what the noises were, but it was some point very shortly thereafter that the entire thing let go.”
The men were initially airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville and then transferred to JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta.
Filling a propane tank improperly can be the source of a propane explosion, according to Explosion Lawyer Eric Hageman. “One of our recent explosion cases that settled for $10 million involved a propane tank that wasn’t filled properly. Our client, who suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body, spent nearly two months in a burn unit.”
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