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A vacant house exploded early Wednesday morning in Fayetteville (Cumberland county), damaging nearby homes.
Emergency crews responded to the 3300 block of Cumberland Road around 1:30 a.m. after a Cumberland County sheriff's deputy patrolling the area reported the explosion.
Sheriff's Capt. Charles McLaurin said the cause of the blast has not been determined, but workers at the scene said they are looking at the possibility that a gas leak was to blame.
"The house was actually for sale and vacant at the time, so we're puzzled as to what would cause this explosion," Cumberland County sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said.
Tanna said the deputy who witnessed the explosion caught it on the dashboard camera in his patrol car.
"He was so close that some of the debris was embedded in his car," she said.
The video has not been released and will be a part of the investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Tanna said.
No one was hurt in the blast, which was heard as far as 2 miles away and hurled debris high into trees and across Cumberland Road. It also shattered windows and rocked foundations of more than a dozen neighboring homes. One house had its porch blown off.
In the same area this week there was a woods/field fire and an incident of a stolen car full of bullet holes set on fire by the bridge down from this house. Area seems to have too much going on.
February 6, 2013 5:06 p.m