Victims from Yadkin County explosion identified

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YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. – An explosion on Speer Bridge Road in Yadkin County sent two teenagers to the hospital Saturday night.

Both teens, Jace Johnson and Celeb [whose last name is still unknown], were volunteer firefighters with the Courtney Volunteer Fire Department, according to Johnson’s sister, Michelle Johnson.

According to Asst. Chief Barry McLain, the two teens were in the yard when the explosion occurred in an outside barrel fire.

Michelle Johnson said the two built the fire at a warehouse for warmth and were trying to build it back up because it went out. She says they used paint thinner to build up the fire, causing the explosion.

“[Caleb] saved my brother’s life. In the time of need he ran toward my brother,” Michelle Johnson said. “He was very heroic and courageous, and I hope everybody knows that.”

Both teens were transported to Baptist Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

“Honestly, it was just a tragic accident,” Michelle Johnson said.

The Yadkin County Fire Marshal conducted an investigation and found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.