Donation accounts set up for Cane Beds gas explosion victims

(L-R) Lyman Hammond, Emory Hammon-Lebaron, Samantha Lebaron, Desiree Lebaron | Photo courtesy of, St. George News

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 and 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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  • swimswim March 28, 2014 at 12:06 am

    My husband is an Architect. I am certain he would donate a house plan if needed.

  • Brian Daniels March 28, 2014 at 6:15 am

    What a horrible tragedy. I hope they are able to find comfort at a time like this.

  • marylou March 28, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Such a young family to endure this awful tragedy i’m praying for their recovery. Very sad.

  • rena June 7, 2014 at 2:10 am

    I would be happy to donate skin to help the family. just let me know.

  • rena June 7, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I would be more than happy to donate skin for more operations. just let me know.

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