Cameron, NC – A laundromat’s industrial-sized water heater exploded Monday

morning, blowing out the business’ windows and injuring one employee.

The employee’s injuries were minor, said Spout Springs Fire Department Chief

Alan Jarvis.

Jarvis said the water heater exploded about 8:30 a.m. at J&R Laundromat, 975

N.C. 24. He said the employee and a customer were the only people in the


Jarvis said the water heater is powered by propane. He said firefighters

were still investigating the cause of the accident Monday afternoon. He said

he believed the explosion was accidental.

Firefighters stopped gas and water service to the business, he said. Jarvis

said the business will likely stay closed until the owner can replace the

water heater and repair damage to the building.

“It blew out glass, the front windows, and it busted down doors,” Jarvis

said. “It was a pretty good explosion.”