NC man dies a week after gas leak explosion destroys his home

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LA GRANGE, N.C. (WNCN) — A man died a week after a gas leak triggered an explosion that destroyed his home in eastern North Carolina.

The home along North Forbes Street in La Grange was leveled in the explosion around 11:30 a.m. on April 13, according to photos from the scene.

The roof was blown off the home and the outer walls were knocked down after a gas leak in the kitchen of the home, Major Ryan Dawson of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office said.

Robert Carraway Jr. was taken to UNC Lenior Hospital. He died Saturday night, according to the Kinston Free Press.

Dawson said that it’s not known what caused the gas to explode.

“All of the investigators … can not say for sure what made it ignite because there are so many things in a kitchen that could have caused a ‘spark’ with gas in the air,” Dawson told WNCT.

Dawson said the investigation did determine there was likely no foul play.

“Based on the crime scene examination and the statements gathered, at this time it is not believed to be criminal in nature,” Dawson said.

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