Georgia woman, whose house exploded, tied to S.C. fatal shooting investigation

An explosion at this Elbert County home was caused by an individual attempting to set the house on fire, according to state fire investigators. The home was completely destroyed.
An explosion at this Elbert County home was caused by an individual attempting to set the house on fire, according to state fire investigators. The home was completely destroyed.

An Elbert County woman, whose home exploded Thursday morning, is connected to the investigation into a South Carolina paramedic’s fatal shooting, authorities told AJC.com.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thomas Crosby said Friday afternoon the Georgia homeowner is “part of the investigation” into the death of Rodney Gilmer.

Gilmer, 50, was fatally shot in the stomach during a domestic dispute in Anderson in February 2019, the Greenville (S.C.) News reported. No charges have been filed in that case.

AJC.com is not reporting the homeowner’s identity since she is not considered a suspect or person of interest at this time.

The Elbert County house was leveled completely from the explosion, and multiple media outlets reported that a shed on the property had the words “Justice for Rodney” painted on it.

No one was in the home when it caught on fire about 3 a.m., Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King said in a news release. Officials have not provided a description of a possible suspect.

“Examination of the structure determined that the explosion was caused by an air-fuel mixture, which then lit the residence on fire,” King said.

Authorities are offering $10,000 for information leading to an arrest in the explosion.

Anyone with information about the explosion is asked to call the state’s fire investigations unit at 1‐800‐282‐5804. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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