Gibsonville, N.C.- The Associated Press
GIBSONVILLE, N.C., News & Record – An unidentified person was killed in an explosion early Tuesday that also leveled a Guilford County home. In addition, a utility shed was damaged and two vehicles were destroyed.
“It was like a bomb,” said Kim Rich, who lives about a mile from the explosion scene. “It shook me out of bed and shook the pictures on the bedroom wall.”
“It was a pretty good boom,” said Capt. Ken Whitesell of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department.
The blast occurred about 1:50 a.m., blowing the roof off the modular home and leaving just one wall partially standing among charred remains. Inside, investigators found a body burned beyond recognition.
The owner of the house, 61-year-old Jaime Ferreiro, lived alone and both his vehicles were parked behind the house, detectives said. Authorities expect the medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill to identify the body this week and determine a cause of death.
A gas leak, possibly from a propane tank outside the house, appeared to spark the fire, detectives said.
It took firefighters almost until dawn to get the ruins cooled down enough for investigators to search inside.