Greenville Co. house destroyed after explosion; 1 injured

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Canebrake Fire Department said one person was injured in a house explosion in Fountain Inn Wednesday morning.

According to the fire department, the call came in at 7 a.m.

Once firefighters arrived, it took about two hours to put out the flames.

There were two people inside the home when it exploded and one of them was airlifted to the hospital, the fire department said.

7NEWS spoke to the woman, Cheryl Nimmons, who was in her bed when the house exploded. She said she is thankful she made it out.

Nimmons said, “All that smoke was blowing through that room, and I knew I needed to get down on the floor and get out.”

She said at that moment, she knew she was fighting for her life.

“You don’t really know who and where and what’s going on and whos alive or what it is,” Nimmons said.

Neighbors surrounding the home say they had no idea what had happened.

“At first I was like, what are the kids doing? Did they drop something? And it was kind of like the sound of lightning and thunder,” Neighbor Nikela Byrdchirinos said.

Adding, “I actually saw the top of the house and you could see the fire everywhere on the roof and it started at the garage, so it was like fire everywhere.”

The Canebrake Fire Chief, Zac Terry said, “Typically we don’t come out to this neighborhood, especially for a fire. We’ve a couple medical calls but that’s typical for any neighborhood. We’re just going to be interested to see what the investigators say.”

The fire department says the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

The condition of the one injured is unknown at this time.

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