3 People Killed in Barn Explosion in Bowie County

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The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that 3 people died in a fiery explosion inside a barn in Bowie County. The three victims were identified as Steven Granbery, 60 years of age, Cynthia Granbery 55 years of age, and William Barnes 65 years of age, all of Simms, Texas.

BCSO Press Release:

On November 2, 2021, around 7:20 pm Bowie County Deputies along with the Simms, DeKalb, Maud, and New Boston Volunteer Fire Departments were dispatched to an explosion at a barn on County Road 4242. Upon arrival they found a shop building on fire with structural indications that an explosion had ignited it. While extinguishing the fire three victims were located. All three victims had passed away from their injuries. The three victims were identified as Steven Granbery, 60 years of age, Cynthia Granbery 55 years of age and William Barnes 65 years of age, all of Simms, Texas. The Granbury’s are the owners of the property where this fire occurred. Bowie County Fire Investigator Scottie Taylor along with Bowie County Sheriff’s Office Investigators Michelle Carrier and Captain David Biggar responded to investigate. Judge Mary Hankins ordered all three victims to be sent off for an autopsy. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There was no evidence of foul play found at the scene of this fire.

Investigating Officers:
Investigator Michelle Carrier
Fire Investigator Scottie Taylor

Release prepared by:
Sheriff Jeff Neal

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