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Camper Explodes In Moultrie, 4 Injured

By: Kara Duffy, Eyewitness News; Joe Hellriegel Email
By: Kara Duffy, Eyewitness News; Joe Hellriegel Email
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Updated By: Kara Duffy
April 16, 2014

Moultrie, GA- JoAnn Elrod has lived in her house along North Pine Drive in Moultrie for decades. She says she's never seen anything like what she saw unfold Tuesday evening.

"The skin was falling off of their bodies and it was just horrible," she said. "I heard a loud boom and my dogs started barking real loud and the one was trying to tear the door down."

Elrod says when walked outside to see what was going on, she saw flames shooting from the house next door.

Investigators with the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office say it was an explosion inside a camper, which was located in the backyard of a house at 139 North Pine Drive.

Elrod says she saw her neighbor run out back to help.

"He grabbed a water hose and was trying to put the water on the flames and the children were running and hollering and the mama was too," Elrod said.

Inside the camper was the Lopez family; a mother, father and their two young sons were severely burned. We're told the children were two and three-years-old.

"The man that was burned, he was shaking like he was fixing to just go into shock and he was standing there with his shirt off and his hair was all burned off his head," Elrod said.

We spoke with investigators from the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office who told us one adult and one child were taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville. The other two were taken to the Augusta Burn Center in Georgia.

Their current conditions are still unknown.

Investigators with the Colquitt County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshall continued their investigation Wednesday morning.

They say their initial findings show the cause of the explosion appears to be accidental, possibly cooking related from using propane.
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Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
April 15, 2014, 11pm

According to the Colquitt Sheriff's Office, a camper exploded at 139 North Pine Drive in Moultrie, GA.

Because of the explosion, four people were transported to the hospital, which included two children, a man, and a woman.

Their conditions are not being released at this time.

WCTV did speak with neighbors who say they heard the explosion and said it sounded like thunder. They also said helicopters were flying around the house as well.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated.


By: Eyewitness News
April 15, 2014, 7:45pm

A camper exploded around 5:24pm at 139 North Pine Drive in Moultrie, GA, injuring four in the process.

An adult male, adult female, and two small children were injured in the explosion and are currently being treated.

The cause of the explosion is still being investigated, and no names have been released.


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