House Explosion on E. 45th Street

An explosion at a carriage house behind a home in the 200 block of E. 45th Street left a man in critical condition. Just after 9pm last night, Savannah firefighters received a number of calls reporting an explosion. When they arrived at the garage apartment behind 215 E. 45th Street, they found the entire building blown apart. The concussion from the blast shattered windows in several nearby homes--and blew out the back of the carriage house. The explosion left the two-story building just barely standing. Neighbors--hearing the explosion--ran out to see what had happened and found the resident of the apartment.

"We walked over there and saw a guy in the lane, a little disoriented, and he was bleeding from his head," said one neighbor.

The man was also suffering from burns over 60 percent of his body. He was rushed to Memorial Health, then to the burn center in Augusta, where he's listed in critical condition. The natural gas company and Savannah Electric were on the scene, but no determination has been made as to the cause of the blast. Investigators are saying it looks like there could have been a natural gas leak behind the explosion, though it's not yet clear what ignited it.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen