Gas On Wood Fire Caused Fatal Blast In Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina fire investigators say gasoline or some other fuel used to burn wood in an outdoor stove caused the explosion that killed one and injured four others clustered nearby.

The funeral for 28-year-old Martin Antoine Blossom is Saturday. He was killed by flying metal when the cast-iron stove exploded last weekend.

Fayetteville Fire Department Battalion Chief Ron Lewis says investigators determined that someone poured a gas or gas mixture onto a log inside the front-yard fire pit to accelerate the burning. Lewis says combustible vapors built up in the belly of the stove and ignited after someone stuck a piece of paper inside.

Dozens of relatives and neighbors gathered in Terry Casteel's front yard last Saturday night before the blast.

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