Accelerant blamed for fatal Fayetteville explosion
Posted September 20, 2013
Fayetteville, N.C. — Authorities said Friday that gasoline or another fuel used to start a fire in a portable stove caused an explosion last weekend that killed a Fayetteville man.
Martin Antoine Blossom, 28, died when the stove, also called a chiminea, blew up as he tried to start a fire in the front yard of his home, at 6544 St. Louis St., during a Saturday night party.
Initial reports stated the explosion occurred in a fire-pit.
Investigators said they have ruled out all causes of the blast aside from someone pouring a liquid fuel onto a log in the stove to help ignite the fire. They said fuel vapors likely built up inside the stove and exploded.
Four other people were injured in the explosion, which left shrapnel punctures in a parked car and flattened a tire.