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Three people injured after explosion in Paragould

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Investigators with the Greene County Sheriff's Department believe it was fuel fumes that caused an explosion in Paragould Friday night.

According to the Western Greene Fire Chief James Potter, a call came in of a house explosion in the 8300 block of Highway 412 West. A nearby wooded area also caught fire, forcing the fire department to request a brush truck to help.

According Sheriff Dan Langston, Michael Griffith, Brian Griffith, and Kenny Adams were welding outside at their personal shop building, just west of Crowley's Ridge College, when the explosion happened. High-octane fumes from one of the victim's vehicles are suspected to have caused the original explosion which then ignited racing fuel stored at the shop.

Langston adds that Michael Griffith remains in critical care with third degree burns over 90 percent of his body, Brian Griffith has third degree burns over 50 percent of his body, and Adams is in stable condition. All three are getting treatment at The Med in Memphis.

Because of the extent of the injuries, the department has yet to be able to interview the victims as to what exactly happened.

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