Lawrence home explosion sends 2 to hospital

Posted: 10/06/12 at 6:15 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/08/12 at 8:12 am EDT

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WHDH) -- A father and son fled a basement on Saturday after an explosion burned them both.

The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. The owner of the house called 9-1-1 and the father and his young son were taken to the hospital.

“All I could see was white right here. Dark skin up here so I could tell he got burnt,” said witness, Elijah Sanchez.

Neighbors found the 13-year-old boy and his dad moments after they tried to dodge flames in the basement of a Lawrence home.

“His hand was burnt. It looked like his face was burnt a little bit too,” said a witness.

Investigators said the two were doing some kind of work in the basement when something downstairs ignited. Fire officials said there is little damage to the building.

“There was an explosion of sorts in the basement and that’s what our investigators are going to determine exactly what that was and what caused it. It was not an illegal activity and at this point it appears to be accidental in origin,” said Ryan Murphy, the deputy chief of the Lawrence Fire Department.

The father and son were conscious and communicative when they were taken to a hospital in Lawrence. They were then moved to Mass General Hospital.

“We just pray hopefully he stays alive,” said a young neighbor.

According to the Associated Press, authorities said the explosion was caused when flammable solvent being used to remove carpet glue from a tile floor ignited.

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