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Propane Tanks May Have Caused Explosion At Apex House

Posted September 21, 2006 9:57 a.m. EDT
Updated September 15, 2007 9:36 a.m. EDT

— Authorities are investigating whether a hot-air balloon enthusiast's propane tanks played a role in a Thursday morning house explosion and fire in Apex.

Investigators said the fire occurred at around 3:20 a.m. Thursday at a home on

Piney Woods Lane


Neighbors told WRAL that they heard two distinct explosions. When they went outside, they found pieces of a home scattered across several yards.

Much of the home's roof was blown off, and part of the garage landed across the street.

The couple inside the home was able to get out safely. Emergency crews treated them at the scene.

According to investigators, propane tanks located in the garage may have ignited, causing the explosion. The owner of the home could be cited for improperly storing the propane tanks, authorities said.