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Explosion in Bruce, murder or gas leak?

An explosion at a house in Bruce happened early Saturday morning; police say it was a gas leak. Residents are calling it a murder.

Posted: Sep. 10, 2018 9:55 PM
Updated: Sep. 11, 2018 9:05 AM

An explosion at a house in Bruce happened early Saturday morning; police say it was a gas leak. Residents are calling it a murder.

Johnny Baker, 49, was in the house during the time of the explosion, Bruce Police Chief Tony Sockwell said.

Then he was able to escape across the street during the fire. While doing so, residents say he was screaming the name of the person he thought did this to him. 

Baker was flighted to the Memphis hospital and died of serious injuries shortly after.

"If you ask me, I feel like it was murder and I feel like justice needs to be served for Johnny Baker," resident Tay Gibson said.

Neighbors say the explosion was so powerful they heard two bangs. One bang shattering the windows of the house next door.

A memorial has been set up next door for Baker, so residents and neighbors can remember the man he was.

“He was such a great man. Last week he took me and my brother to Walmart and bought us anything we wanted, and he was just so good to us," neighbor Taniyah Stephen said.

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