Georgia man killed in propane tank explosion


ZEBULON, Ga. (WRBL) – An explosion has claimed the life of a Georgia man who was inside his home with propane tanks at the time of the deadly explosion.

According to John F. King, Georgia’s Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner, Kevin Lee Botsford, 56, was killed in the accidental explosion in Zebulon on Tuesday.

King says the explosion, which was reported by a neighbor, happened at a duplex located in the 5300 block of Highway 19.

Botsford’s body was found by firefighters who responded to the scene.

“Investigators discovered four different 20-pound propane tanks at the scene of the fire,” said King. “Unfortunately, the heater was too close to combustible materials and that led to this deadly accident.”

King says during the winter season, it is crucial that Georgians follow fire safety tips issued by the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.

Botsford’s body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for official identification.

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