Explosion at Homerville coffee shop leaves three women hospitalized

Posted at 3:14 AM, Aug 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 23:18:53-04

(WTXL) - Three women remain in the hospital after a natural gas explosion at a coffee shop in Homerville, Georgia on Friday.

"It was a great big boom and it was just a fire that shot up in the air," said Felton Roundtree, who was driving past the Coffee Corner around noon last Friday when an explosion took place and sent three women to the hospital.

"We saw the young ladies, ducking down and come out."

The three inside the building have been identified as Baylee and Emily Tolle and Anna O'Guin.

They were immediately flown to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida, and are suffering from severe burns.

"The young ladies - the good Lord was with them because it could've been a lot worse."

According to the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commission, a construction crew was digging in the area earlier that morning when they struck a natural gas line.

They shared that the gas line was then capped but the gas had already leaked through the sewer system into the coffee shop which set off that explosion

The explosion was ruled accidental but left the building and two cars destroyed and the women with severe burns.