Explosion Destroys Home in Lancaster County

ELGIN, S.C. -- Emergency crews responded to a home explosion Saturday morning in Lancaster County.

The home on Cane Mille Road, which was vacant at the time, went up in flames around midnight leaving debris in neighbor's yards and damaging other homes.

People living as far as 10 miles away called 911 and said they felt something like an earthquake. One dispatcher said the explosion was felt as far away as Kershaw.

"My dad said it was the loudest thing he's ever heard in his entire life. It actually lifted him up out of the bed. He thought that a plane had crashed. He got up and looked out the window and saw the flames," said Melissa Pate, a relative of the family.

Sources tell us the family who owns the home was on vacation at the time.

It took four fire crews to put the fire out. Five neighborhing homes were damaged by the explosion.

One neighbor described the scene as a war zone with insulation and debris scattered throughout the area and in the trees 100 yards away.

Crews are working to determine what caused the explosion. No one was injured.


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