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Propane tank explodes, sparks Granville house fire

Posted July 2, 2012

— A propane tank on a gas grill exploded and sparked a large fire at a Granville County home north of Creedmoor Sunday afternoon.

Putting out the three-alarm fire in the 2100 block of Sam Hayes Road required crews from at least seven fire departments in Granville, Wake and Durham counties and some help from storms.

No one was injured.

Neighbors said the home owners had some family over for a cookout when the propane tank exploded.


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  • cvfd1416 Jul 3, 2012

    This was a very large house in the community of Creedmoor. There were several departments that came out to help serve the community on this day. Most of which were volunteer departments. I believe everything was done to try to save this house. But due to the volume of fire, and the size of the house, there was just not enough manpower or equipment at the time of the incident. It not that Creedmoor Fire Department was unprepared. There is no incident in the world that you can be fully prepared for. These kinds of things happen and theres nothing that can be done but to give it your best. I want to thank all departments and personnel that came out to help with extinguishing this fire. I am extremely sorry for the family that lost everything. I am in hope that this family is thankful for atleast still being able to say they are here with us today, and that noone was badly injured. All was done that could be done with the available resources thet were present.

  • bhl0127 Jul 2, 2012

    The fire started b/c of a grease fire while cooking out on the grill. That then turned into a propane explosion and because of lack of water pressure, unpreparedness of creedmoor fire department the fire eventually took over the entire house. The mother had some mild burns on her arm and one of the children had burns on his back but everyone was okay. I have video of the house on fire once it got out of control.

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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 2, 2012

    It seemed to be a huge house. Blessed no one was injured. An exploding propane tank can send shrapnel far and wide.

  • allsmileshere Jul 2, 2012

    praying for the family and knowing God will restore.

  • 23tony Jul 2, 2012

    I would really like to know what caused the tank to explode. Can we get a little more detail?

  • hardycitrus Jul 2, 2012

    Charcoal has it's own hazards. One spark can set the whole bag smoldering.

  • hckyplyr72 Jul 2, 2012

    Correct...LP tanks do not just explode by themselves. I would think operator error or a faulty regulator and or hose. I mean they are pretty much fool proof. Hopefully they can fix the house quickly.

  • robbyh Jul 2, 2012

    No gas for me, (CHARCOAL) never explodes.

  • justmy2cntz Jul 2, 2012

    Heartbreaking. Home & material stuff can be replaced. So much personal memorabilia & history in that home that no amount of $ could ever bring back. Thank God for sparing their lives. Praying for their strength & restoration.