A family burned in an explosion Tuesday on North Pine Drive had been in Colquitt County only about a day.
Luis Paz, owner of the camper where the explosion happened, said a friend of a friend had called and asked if his family could stay in his camper a few nights. He agreed, but he told them the camper hadn’t been used in about two years. They arrived Monday night.
Paz said he didn’t even know the family’s name, but investigators have identified two of the four victims.
Maria Lopez, 29, and her 3-year-old son Carlos were taken to the John Still Burn Center in Augusta. Their conditions could not be determined Wednesday afternoon.
The other two victims are believed to be Lopez’s husband and their younger son, although investigators don’t know their names. They were taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., but without their names The Observer could not learn their conditions either.
An investigation into the explosion at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday is still under way, but investigators say evidence indicates an accident during cooking.
A deputy’s report said the camper appears to have become filled with propane gas as the family cooked dinner. A spark from a lighter set it off.
In addition to the state fire marshal’s office, the Department of Family and Children Services is also involved in the investigation.
Investigators have been unable to interview any of the victims yet because of their injuries, sheriff’s investigator Shawn Bostick said.