Victim remains in critical condition after house explosion

LA GRANGE, N.C. (WITN) - A Lenoir County man remains in critical condition after his home exploded on Saturday.

Robert Carraway Jr. was at home at the time of the explosion and was taken to UNC Lenoir Health Care and later transferred to UNC Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center for treatment, officials said.

The explosion happened around 11:30 a.m.Saturday on North Forbes Street in La Grange.

Authorities say there was an LP gas leak in the home. They are still investigating exactly what sparked the explosion, but do know it happened in the kitchen area.

The home was destroyed by the blast.

A hospital spokesman says Carraway remains in critical condition at the burn center in Chapel Hill.


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Investigators have determined an explosion that destroyed a home and injured one person was caused by a liquid propane gas leak.

The explosion happened around 11:30 a.m. at a home on North Forbes Street in La Grange, according to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

Robert Carraway Jr. was at home at the time of the explosion and was taken to UNC Lenoir Hospital and later transferred to UNC Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center for treatment, officials said.

The explosion sparked in the kitchen, but investigators are still unsure what caused the gas to ignite, Mayor Ryan Dawson with the Sheriff's Office said.

Officials do not suspect any foul play in this case.



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One person was injured after an explosion destroyed a home in La Grange Saturday morning.

The explosion happened around 11:30 a.m. at a home on North Forbes Street, according to the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office.

The home was already destroyed by the time first responders with the La Grange Fire Department arrived at the scene, officials said.

One person was inside the home at the time of the explosion, and was taken to UNC Lenoir Hospital to be treated. No word yet on the name or the extent of the victim's injuries.

Multiple agencies are now investigating to determine what exactly caused the explosion. Fire investigators from the SBI, State Fire Marshal and ATF are working on the case alongside the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office and Lenoir County Emergency Services.