Neighbors rescue woman as explosion, fire rip through Cherokee house

A house was destroyed by a fire in Cherokee County on Friday.

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A house was destroyed by a fire in Cherokee County on Friday.

Officials in Cherokee County are investigating an explosion and fire at a house in the northeast part of the county.

Neighbors reported hearing an explosion about 12:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Trenton Lane, fire department spokesman Eddie Robinson said.

When firefighters arrived, the house was already fully engulfed, he said.

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Two neighbors got the house’s only occupant out, and she was taken to a hospital in fair condition. Her identity was not released.

“I thought it was a bomb that had gone off,” Jim Whitehead, a neighbor, told Channel 2 Action News.

After he ran toward the house, Whitehead said he couldn’t get in the front door, so he ran toward the back. He and another man pulled the woman out.

“She was in the kitchen, actually. I heard her. I was yelling, trying to get anybody’s attention who may have been inside,” Whitehead said. “And I heard her screaming for help.”

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The house was a total loss, Robinson said. The cause is under investigation.