SLED takes over Greenwood apartment explosion, fire investigation

SLED takes over Greenwood apartment explosion, fire investigation


I’M BEN HOOVER. 4 PEOPLE ARE RECOVERING IN THE HOSPITAL TONIGHT…AFTER AN EXPLOSION AT A GREENWOOD APARTMENT COMPLEX… 3 ACCORDING TO GREENWOOD POLICE… IT HAPPENED AROUND 2:15 A-M SUNDAY… AT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX ON “INDEPENDENCE WAY”… 2 ADULTS WERE AIRLIFTED TO THE BURN CENTER IN AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. 2 CHILDREN WERE TRANSPORTED TO AREA HOSPITALS… 7 NEWS REPORTER “STEFANY BORNMAN” SPOKE WITH ONE OF THE FOUR FAMILIES..DISPLACED BY THE EXPLOSION. 3 ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON RODOLFO HERNANDEZ THROUGH THE CHARRED RUBBLE OF WHAT WAS ONCE HIS FAMILY’S APARTMENT. HERNANDEZ SAYS AROUND MIDNIGHT HIS FAMILY WENT TO SLEEP … WITH PLANS TO WAKE UP SUNDAY MORNING FOR CHURCH… RODOLFO HERNANDEZ/ TENANT: “AROUND 2:15- 2:20 IN THE MORNING YOU HEARD AN EXPLOSION.” THE DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL SAYS WHEN EMERGENCY AND FIRE CREWS ARRIVED AT THE COMPLEX… IT WAS ALREADY ENGULED IN FLAMES… FOLLOWING THE POSSIBLE EXPLOSION. TRAVIS LATHREN/CAPTAIN, GREENWOOD DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL: “SO AT THIS POINT WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ACTUALLY CAUSED THE EXPLOSION. NO MA’AM IT’S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION, IT JUST TAKES SOME TIME TO GO THROUGH THE DEBRIS AND GET ALL THE INFORMATION COLLECTED.” WITNESSES TELLS 7 NEWS THE LOUD BOOM ROARED FOR MILES… THE EXPLOSION SENT DOORS AND WINDOWS FLYING TOWARDS THE STREET… AND DAMAGED THE CARS PARKED IN FRONT OF THE APARTMENTS… HERNANDEZ SAYS HIS FAMILY BARELY MADE IT OUT ALIVE… RODOLFO HERNANDEZ/ TENANT: “I FELT WHEN THE WALL OF THE LIVING ROOM FELL ON TOP OF ME. THE ROOF … THE ROOF OF THE HOUSE… THE APARTMENT … ON TOP OF ME.” 3 THE FATHER OF TWO … SAYS IT ALL HAPPENED SO QUICKLY…BUT HE CAN’T ERASE FROM HIS MEMORY THE SOUND OF HIS WIFE SCREAMING THAT THEIR 3- MONTH-OLD WAS BURIED BENEATH A SLAB OF CONCRETE. RODOLFO HERNANDEZ/ TENANT: “I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FIND HIM DEAD.” HERNANDEZ AND HIS FAMILY WERE ABLE TO GET OUT OF THE COMPLEX … WITH HELP FROM NEIGHBORS… BEFORE THE APARTMENT CAUGHT ON FIRE. HIS CHILDREN WERE TAKEN TO SELF REGIONAL HOSPITAL. HIS 3-MONTH-OLD WAS LATER TRANSPORTED TO GREENVILLE FOR A HEAD INJURY. AND STILL… HERNANDEZ IS COUNTING HIS BLESSINGS. RODOLFO HERNANDEZ/ TENANT: “THANK GOD, WE’RE ALIVE AND THAT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.WE’RE ALIVE.” STEFANY BORNMAN 7 NEWS. 3 THE GREENWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT ASKED “SLED” TO TAKE OVER THE INVESTIGATION… INTO WHAT CAUSED THE EXPLOSION AND FIRE AT THE APARTMENT COMPLEX. HERNANDEZ TELLS 7 NEWS A BLOOD TEST.. ADMINISTERED AT THE HOSPITAL… DETERMINED THERE WAS NO GAS RESIDUE IN HIS BLOOD STREAM. THE RED CROSS HAS MADE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FAMILIES DISPLACED TO STAY IN A HOTEL TONIGHT.

Antonio Breitenberg

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2 thoughts on “SLED takes over Greenwood apartment explosion, fire investigation

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  2. little fool with a mlp rifle says:

    I was there i warned my parents from it and it was close im glad i helped my parents

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