No injuries after garage explodes, catches fire near Woodleaf home
WOODLEAF — No one was seriously injured following a garage explosion and subsequent fire Wednesday afternoon beside an Echo Drive home. The detached garage/shop was destroyed in the fire.
Firefighters from Franklin, Locke, Woodleaf and Jerusalem fire departments were dispatched at 1:40 p.m. to the home at 1050 Echo Drive, off Potneck Road. The home sits far off Echo Drive beyond Lucy Lake and Burgray roads, on property homeowner Linda Walls said is surrounded by other family land.
No cause was determined. The county fire marshal’s office is investigating, fire officials said.
Walls was inside the house when her husband, Mike, and another man who was helping escaped the garage/shop where Mike does minor repairs. She asked the helper not be identified. Neither of the men was seriously injured. The two were not treated or taken to the hospital.
“They are singed and can’t hear, but are fine,” Linda Walls said.
The two men were working on her sister’s car, which was destroyed.
The small metal building was smoky at first, she said, just before it exploded.
“I’m glad everybody got out,” Linda said.
She wasn’t sure what caused the explosion and fire, but knows there was a propane tank inside the structure. The garage sits a few feet from her home.
The heat from the burning garage melted the siding off an adjacent home.
No one was injured in that home, said Woodleaf Fire Chief Artie Watson
Watson said when fire crews arrived the structure was completely engulfed.
“We could see smoke from the Woodleaf station,” Watson said.
Hours after the fire began, firefighters continued to extinguish hot spots.
The homeowners watched from the front porch with family and friends as fire crews continued to douse the charred structure with water.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.