Multiple People Injured in Pecos County Explosion

Multiple People Injured in Pecos County Explosion

PECOS COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Three men were injured Monday night and rushed to Pecos County Memorial Hospital following an explosion in a hunting cabin, officials said.

Their names and conditions have not been released.

According to Pecos County Sheriff Cliff Harris, the blast shook Hayter Ranch, a hunting lease approximately 35 miles west of Fort Stockton, between 9 and 9:15 p.m.

"[The force of the explosion] took the ceiling up and then it came back down, causing a lot of damage," he told NewsWest 9. "There was a lot of stuff that was flying around. Debris [was] going through the ceiling and walls."

The men in the cabin accidentally sparked the violent chemical reaction when they attempted to light a water heater, Harris explained.

"There was a leak from a propane tank... and gas had built up under the [cabin]," he said. "It just blew up."

At least one man injured in the blast appeared to have a broken leg, officials told NewsWest 9.

Harris said one victim was airlifted to the hospital, while the other two were driven by ambulance. The extent of their injuries are unknown.

The incident remains under investigation.

"They were lucky nothing actually caught fire [following the explosion]," Harris added. "That could have been disastrous."