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Fire investigators said they believe the cause of the explosion was due to a gas build up in the basement. Fire investigators said they believe the cause of the explosion was due to a gas build up in the basement.
Noble was with his son Cash, 2, on the couch when the explosion happened. Noble was with his son Cash, 2, on the couch when the explosion happened.
Travis Noble Travis Noble
Carrollton Fire Chief Mike Terrell Carrollton Fire Chief Mike Terrell

CARROLLTON, KY (WAVE) - A house exploded in Carroll County with a father and his young boy inside. Amazingly, they were both able to escape unharmed.

Fire investigators said they believe the cause of the explosion at the home in the 2700 block of 11th Street was due to a gas build up in the basement. It was only a matter of seconds for the roof to collapse and the entire home to burst into flames.  

The explosion happened at 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Noble was with his son Cash, 2, on the couch. His wife Erica was at work and his mother was sitting on the front porch in her wheelchair.

"The next thing I know it was the most god awful sound," said Noble. "The whole top of the house had come down on me and I was pinned on the couch and I couldn't find him. He was screaming for his daddy, 'daddy, daddy' and I couldn't find him. I couldn't reach for him."

"Someone was watching over us, that's all I can say," said Travis Noble, who was inside the home at the time.

Noble spotted Cash standing between two roof beams untouched. He grabbed his son and the two crawled to safety moments before the house was engulfed in flames. During the explosion Noble's mother, Wanda Noble, was thrown more than ten feet in her wheelchair.

"She was trying to crawl back to the house, she thought we were still in the house and she didn't know that we actually made it out," said Noble.

By chance an ambulance was passing by and able to radio into dispatch.

Seeing the charred remains of the home Friday, it was hard for Noble to believe his family made it out alive.

"When I first come out of it, I didn't know what happened," he said. "I thought a tornado hit it or something."

Carrollton Fire Chief Mike Terrell said he had never responded to a scene like that.

"The natural gas you could still hear it flowing and feeding the fire," said Terrell. It took several hours to get the flames under control.

"We haven't been out here in the past on any reported smells or leaks on gas, so I don't know whether it was a malfunction in the hot water heater, a malfunction in the furnace, a leak somewhere else in the line," said Terrell.

Despite losing almost everything, all three members of the family were unharmed. Noble said since the explosion he has gained hope and another day to cherish his family.

"It changed my whole perspective on things, you know," said Noble. "I think of people a lot different now. I haven't gone to church in a couple years and I will be at church this Sunday I can guarantee you that. "

The Noble family was able to salvage some pictures, but that was about it. They said they can't thank the emergency crews enough for the response and the community for already coming together to help. If you would like to help the family you can drop off items or donations at the Carroll County Sheriff's Office.

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