ELGIN, Texas -- A 17-year-old boy suffered 4th degree burns on 40 percent of his body after a home explosion occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday in Elgin.
According to Mike Fisher, with the Bastrop Office of Emergency Management, the blast was triggered by a propane leak in or around a home in the 200 block of Carver Street.
Marcus Newman was trying to pick up something from the home when it exploded, a family member said. Newman was taken from the home by a family member, who later met up with an ambulance along U.S. Highway 290. The teenager was then airlifted to University Medical Center Brackenridge before he was transferred to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. According to Brooke Army Medical Center, Newman is in stable condition.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, and the fire still remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
City of Elgin Fire Chief Randy Reyna said people four miles away reported hearing the explosion.
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