HOUSE EXPLOSION House Explosion; Neighbors Say Possible Meth Lab
Reported by: Elizabeth Norieka
Web Producer: Jessica Reed
Reported: Jul. 16, 2012 5:00 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 17, 2012 10:16 AM EDT
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, Putnam County
, West Virginia
State police have released the names of the victims, severely burned in a house explosion in Putnam County on Monday evening.
Anthony Hawkins and Trina Clapham were taken to the hospital for burns. Homeowner, Jimmy Ward, was outside the home when it exploded.
State police are continuing to investigate and say the fire is suspicious and the fire marshal's office has been called in.
Two people are rushed to the hospital after a possible meth lab causes a home to blow up.
It all happened around 5 o'clock Monday night on Martin's Branch Road in Hurricane.
Neighbors say they heard a loud boom that sounded like a gun but louder, and then saw smoke and people screaming.
The house is a complete loss and three cars also caught on fire.
We're told the two burn victim's sustained burns on more than 80 percent of their bodies.
The female victim was burned the worst, and was going to be flown to the hospital, but the fire truck en route to decontaminate her crashed and crews were forced to drive her to Cabell Huntington Hospital.
The names of the burn victims have not yet been released or whether or not there will be charges filed.
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