MORESVILLE, NC — The father of Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley died Tuesday morning after an explosion destroyed Farley’s home near Lake Norman in Morrisville.
One person died early Tuesday morning and another was injured, according to Iredell County Emergency Management.
It happened about 12 o’clock on the Barber Loop Road near the Old Arborway.
A press release from the Emergency Department stated that first responders were called to the home in Barber Loop after an explosion occurred. First responders located a victim who was “getting out of the house” and were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
One person was later found dead among the wreckage. family members He said the victim was Robert Farley, Caleb Farley’s father. Iredell County Emergency Management confirmed that Robert Farley was the victim, and added that Caleb was not home at the time of the blast.
The home is owned by Farley, a Maiden native, according to property records.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel spoke about the incident after Tuesday afternoon practice, expressing his condolences to Farley’s family.
The Chopper 9 Skyzoom hovered over the rubble just before 11 a.m. on Tuesday, and spotted several people wandering around the rubble.
Dominion Energy, which serves the home, said in a statement to Channel 9 that it had representatives among the first responders who showed up after the blast.
“We continue to work in coordination with emergency personnel on this ongoing investigation,” Dominion Energy said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life. Our hearts go out to the family affected by this event.”
“there is nothing left”
Channel Nine learned on Tuesday that Caleb had bought a multimillion-dollar home for his father.
Neighbors told Channel 9 broadcaster Ken Lemon the view of what was left of the house was unimaginable.
“I heard a big bang and almost a crash, a big crash,” said Pete Schwerger, who lives six houses away. “I turned to my wife and told her it sounded like a house exploding.”
The whole house shook, Schwerger says, and he felt the air “suck in.” He said he was startled when he walked down the street. He said that the entire incident happened in an instant.
“You might be sitting in your house in a minute and he’ll be gone,” he said.
Neighbors say the family has only lived here for a year. People remember their faces, but they don’t know them very well. However, some neighbors brought the family cold drinks and warm words.
“It’s terrible; I mean, there’s nothing left, it’s gone,” said Mike Reinhart, a neighbour.
Reinhart said he and his wife want the family to know they are in their prayers.
It is not clear what caused the explosion at this time. Investigators are still looking into the origin.
This is a developing story. check wsoctv.com for updates.
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