Felton Family Displaced After Home Explodes - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Felton Family Displaced After Home Explodes

Posted: Updated:
(Photo: WBOC) (Photo: WBOC)

FELTON, Del.- A Felton family is homeless after their home exploded earlier this week.

The Delaware State Fire Marshal's office is investigating the cause, but believes it was caused by a gas leak.

The fire happened Tuesday afternoon along Peach Basket Road.

Scott Stump of Felton said he was driving along that road when he saw the flames.

"I said, 'Oh my gosh, that's Edie Hemphill's old house. There's a lot of historic memories there," Stump said.

Edith Hemphill was the Clerk of the Peace for Kent County for more than 25 years.
Hemphill died in 2004 at the age of 67.

Diane Kemp lives across the street from the home and also has fond memories.

"The new owner had decorated it so nice and put antiques in it just like Edie had," said Kemp.

Fire investigators say the fire was caused by a gas leak. It took nearly two hours for firefighters to put out the blaze. Investigators say an explosion happened inside the home. That explosion then lit the house on fire, causing it to collapse.       

According to Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Scott Bullock, the home accumulated enough gas that when the explosion happened, it blew the victim off the steps he was on, and blew out the first floor walls.

Investigators also say they are ruling out any criminal activity.    

Folks like Kemp and Stump say they'll hold on to their memories, although the house is gone.

Kemp says she has childhood memories of various events Hemphill had inside the home.

"After one 4th of July celebration, she had a big party a the house afterwards and Vice President Joe Biden was at a couple parties at the house. It's a sad site to see that this historical monument is now burnt to the ground," said Kemp.

Stump says Hemphill performed a wedding ceremony for he and his wife.

"She actually married me the first time, so that was a big memory for me," said Stump.

The family who lived in the home were too emotional to speak with WBOC, but they did say some of their pets died in that fire.

Investigators say the homeowners are currently staying with nearby relatives.

Damage to the home is estimated at more than $100,000.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Killed in Crash West of Millsboro

    Woman Killed in Crash West of Millsboro

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-04-19 14:04:50 GMT
    Delaware State Police are investigating a two vehicle crash which has left a 59-year-old woman dead, on Conaway Road.More
    Delaware State Police are investigating a two vehicle crash which has left a 59-year-old woman dead, on Conaway Road.More
  • Delmarva Chicken Festival to End in 2014

    Delmarva Chicken Festival to End in 2014

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:52 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:52:53 GMT
    The Delmarva Chicken Festival is making its last run this year after 65 years on the Delmarva Peninsula.More
    The Delmarva Chicken Festival is making its last run this year after 65 years on the Delmarva Peninsula.More
  • Pastor Carries Cross from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach

    Pastor Carries Cross from Georgetown to Rehoboth Beach

    Friday, April 18 2014 11:22 PM EDT2014-04-19 03:22:29 GMT
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- About 16 miles separates Georgetown from Rehoboth Beach. That may not sound like a long distance. But picture doing it by foot."We're carrying a cross all the way from the circle in Georgetown on route 9 all the way to Rehoboth," said Pastor Joel Hitchcock of River City Church. Pastor Hitchcock alongside others spent Good Friday carrying a cross. His logic behind it all was simple."The reason for carrying this cross is to remind people of the main reason for Easter."When we ...More
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- About 16 miles separates Georgetown from Rehoboth Beach. That may not sound like a long distance. But picture doing it by foot."We're carrying a cross all the way from the circle in Georgetown on route 9 all the way to Rehoboth," said Pastor Joel Hitchcock of River City Church. Pastor Hitchcock alongside others spent Good Friday carrying a cross. His logic behind it all was simple."The reason for carrying this cross is to remind people of the main reason for Easter."When we ...More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service