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No smoke detectors in home where man died

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Wilmington Fire Department said the home where a man died in a house fire did not have smoke detectors. The cause remains undetermined, and officials said that it will probably stay undetermined.

The fire happened at 4308 Peachtree Avenue 10:00 p.m. Sunday. Neighbors say they heard some kind of an explosion. Investigators said Steven Dale Worsham, 54, died in the incident.

“I heard a loud explosion and then some pops behind it,” Christine Lyons said. “It definitely went up really quick. By the time firefighters got here, it was gone.”

Investigators said the fire started in the sleeping area, and smoking materials were found. Officials are still working to determine if those materials caused the incident, but they said due to the damage, it’s possible a cause will not be found. The home was being renovated when the fire started. Worsham’s friend and neighbor, Anthony Parker, said the victim remodeled homes for a living.

As for the explosions, officials said the remnants of a gas-powered chainsaw were found inside the home. It’s likely the small gas tank could have been what exploded. Arson was ruled out as a potential cause.

Fire officials said they will be walking around that neighborhood this weekend to bring awareness to the importance of having working smoke detectors in all homes.


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