Officials: 3 found dead after Barrow County home explosion
Officials: ‘Multiple propane cylinders were found in the home’
ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) - An investigation is underway after three people were found dead after a fire and home explosion in Barrow County.
Barrow County Emergency Services rushed to a home on Hidden Acres Road around 12:10 a.m. after reports of a fire.
“As firefighters arrived quickly, multiple explosions were going off inside the home,” commented Chief Alan Shuman. “The home was fully involved in fire and was collapsing as a result of the fire. Several vehicles were also involved.”
Officials confirmed, “three people were found deceased in the home.” Officials add Barrow County Emergency Service’s Fire Marshal’s Office is leading the investigation, with assistance from the Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office and the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials say two were transported by an ambulance and one was flown by helicopter to a nearby hospital.
The identities of the victims have not been released by officials.
Additional firefighters started fighting the fire from a defensive position due to the amount of fire and the multiple explosions. Officials told Atlanta News First “multiple propane cylinders were found in the home, which resulted in the explosions.”
“This is a very tragic event that resulted in the loss of life and injuries to others,” said Chief Shuman. “The firefighters and medical personnel on the scene did a great job under the circumstances. We also want to remind citizens that it is extremely dangerous to have propane cylinders stored in your home or any other structure.”
Neighbors told Atlanta News First they are devastated by the deadly fire.
“I saw literally a field of orange like everything was orange,” Madison Maddox, a neighbor, said.
GoFundMes have been set up for two of the survivors.
The fire remains under investigation.
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