MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. – A community is rallying around a Cane Beds family that fell victim to a gas explosion that destroyed their home and injured family members. Friends and family have taken the victims’ plight to crowd-funding websites and set up a bank account to help collect donations. An effort is also under way to build a new home for the family to which funds, labor, and materials can also be donated.
On Saturday morning, a propane explosion destroyed the home of Lyman Hammon, 21, Samantha Lebaron, 19, and their 8-month-old daughter Emory. Also staying with them at the time was Samantha Lebaron’s cousin, 15-year-old Desiree Lebaron. They each survived the blast and were flown to various hospitals for treatment.
Status of the family
According to information posted on various fundraising pages, Hammon sustained nearly 50 percent burns on his body, including his face, arms and legs. He reportedly went back into the burning home for his child after getting his wife out. He was taken to Salt Lake City for medical care.
Samantha Lebaron is in critical condition after receiving burns to 95 percent of her body. She was taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment.
Emory received burns to 28 percent of her body, primarily to her hands. She also sustained burns on her face and right leg. She was taken to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
Desiree Leboran experienced burns to 15 percent of her body, mostly to her hands and face. She is reportedly in stable condition and responsive. She was also taken to Salt Lake City.
How to help
Accounts for the Hammon-Lebaron family have been created on crowd-funding websites GoFundMe.com and YouCaring.com. Thus far the GoFundMe account has raised nearly $18,900, with an additional $13,800 raised on the YouCaring account.
A fundraising yard sale will also be held this Saturday, at 8 a.m., in Washington Fields at 587 East Rancho Drive.
A relative of the family has also donated land in Cane Beds, Ariz., to the family for the building of a new two-bedroom home. Money for the project can be donated to an account at Wells Fargo Bank called the “Lyman Hammon benefit fund.” Anyone interested in donating labor and materials can contact Ianthus Barlow at 435-260-0268.
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