Victims of Camilla house explosion identified

Victims of Camilla house explosion identified
(Source: WALB)
(Source: WALB)
Investigators have spent the majority of the day examining a 100 plus pound propane tank. (Source: WALB)
Investigators have spent the majority of the day examining a 100 plus pound propane tank. (Source: WALB)

CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - At least three people were injured, and two of those severely, as a house on Harney Street in Camilla exploded Tuesday morning, between 10 and 11 a.m.

Officials identified those people as Betty Brown, Willie Wimberly and Willie Mae Harvey.

Brown is a home care nurse for Archbold. She was transported to a hospital in Gainesville.

Wimberly is a homeowner, and was also transported Gainesville.

Harvey was treated at a local hospital for burns to her leg.

Firefighters from the Camilla Fire Department were headed to the home to extinguish a fire when it happened.

Two brothers happened to be at a car wash across the street that one of them owns.

They said when they heard the loud boom come from the house they knew people were inside and didn't think twice about jumping into action to get those people out as fast as they could.

Russell Florence and Waymon Williams said they heard the sound.

"When I went back on the porch and looked inside, the guy, Mr.will was in the house. His bottom part, his body was on fire. He was sitting in the wheel chair. So I picked him up and took him outside and told the guys to put him on the ground," said Florence.

They know some of the people that live inside and wanted to make sure they were out of the house.

"We stood there for a moment to try to see if it was a car accident or something and then we saw the smoke and I said that house just exploded," said Williams.

A sound Williams and Florence said they will never forget.

A house exploding, bursting into flames just feet away from them.

"The home health care nurse from Archbold was blown from the my looking from the room area to the front area of the living room," said Florence.

As they carried two people from the home they heard there might be more people inside.

"I heard the elderly gentlemen say my wife. And I said Russell we have one more," said Williams.

"I heard someone say Ms. Bama and I know her from growing up. I said shes in there? My brother said Russell it's on fire, it's going to blow again," said Florence.

Fear turned into adrenaline, the two had just minutes left to make sure everyone was out of the house.

" It had fire in the corner of the bed and the bottom part of her bed was on fire. The first thing Ms. Bama said was baby, baby and I said I got you," said Florence,

Florence said these heroic actions came without a doubt in his mind.

"It's not a hero thing. It's a community thing. Sometimes you act without thinking just to help," said Florence.

Florence and Williams said they are just glad they were in the right place at the right time.

" I'm glad everyone is okay because it was terrifying to me," said Williams.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Investigators have spent the majority of the day examining a 100 plus pound propane tank.

Archbold released this statement:

On August 8, at about 10am, Archbold officials were notified that one of our Archbold Home Health Services employees was injured as a result of an explosion that took place inside a patient's residence in Mitchell County. Our employee was taken to Archbold's Mitchell County Hospital in Camilla, and then transferred to a burn center in the region. The incident is currently under investigation, and further details are not available at this time.

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