$1.2 Million Home Explodes In Ballantyne, Sending 1 Man To The Hospital

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A massive home in Charlotte exploded this afternoon, shaking million-dollar homes throughout the Ballantyne Country Club.

According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the explosion occurred at roughly 1:45 pm on July 2nd and completely destroyed the 8,252 square foot home at 11812 James Jack Ln (built in 2004 and last sold for $1.27 million in 2015).

Piedmont Natural Gas was alerted about the explosion at roughly 2:45 p.m. and dispatched crews to turn off all active lines to the house and around the neighborhood. They have yet to confirm or deny the cause of the explosion.

The Charlotte Fire Department sent out a series of tweets about the explosion starting at about 2:30pm this afternoon;

According to officials, at about 4 pm, a man called 911 from beneath the rubble and was able to describe where he was in the home.

Rescue crews were able to dig him out and he was quickly transported to a nearby hospital via helicopter with life-threatening injuries.

So far, officials have not released any definitive theories about the cause of the explosion.

UPDATE 7/2/2019 9:00pm: 

CMPD has now confirmed that a second person was found in the home after the explosion.

58-year-old Rania Karam was found dead beneath the rubble late this evening by Charlotte firefighters.

Police also stated that the first person found was Jebran Karam, the man who placed the 911 call and who is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

We will update this article as new information comes in.

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