A natural gas explosion that devastated the suburban Charlotte home of NFL player Caleb Farley has been attributed to the disaster by fire officials in North Carolina. The incident tragically took the life of Caleb’s father, Robert, and injured another individual, though their injuries were not life-threatening.
Upon arrival at the Mooresville residence, investigators were met with a prominent odor of natural gas. This home is situated approximately 25 miles from Maiden, North Carolina, where Caleb, a cornerback for the Tennessee Titans, grew up.
While the source of the gas leak has yet to be pinpointed due to the current state of the house’s remains, further details were shared in an official statement.
The Iredell County Fire Marshal’s Office has wrapped up its initial probe into the explosion, passing any additional investigations to the homeowner’s insurance company. Robert Farley’s body was discovered in the wreckage on Aug. 22, aged 61.
Christian Rogers, identified as a close family acquaintance, was hospitalized with a concussion, as reported by a representative from the Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management.
During the unfortunate event, Caleb was in Nashville, Tennessee. He shared with the local Charlotte media outlet, WCNC, that he rushed home after a neighboring resident informed him of the blast. Caleb recently remembered his father in a poignant online post, referring to him as a “legend” and expressing his love.
At the moment of the explosion, Robert was engaged in a video call. The individual on the other line thought that Farley had unintentionally ended the call. Subsequent attempts to reconnect proved unsuccessful, noted Kent Greene, Director of Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management. The explosion had been previously categorized as an accident, with adjacent houses seemingly unaffected.
The Farley residence, located on a sizable piece of land near Lake Norman, is valued close to $2 million, according to county property documents.
Caleb Farley selected 22nd in the 2021 NFL Draft, faced a setback when he was added to the injured reserve in November due to a back problem. He has participated in 12 matches over his initial two seasons and is on the Titans’ PUP (physically unable to perform) list.