An explosion late Monday night at the North Carolina home of Titans cornerback Caleb Farley killed his father and injured a family friend, Iredell County emergency management director Kent Greene confirmed.
Neighbors in the area told Queen City News they heard a loud explosion and smelled gas. The 6,391-square-foot, multimillion-dollar home was reduced to rubble.
Robert Matthews Farley
The father of Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley has been killed in a massive explosion at his North Carolina home overnight. The 61-year-old man was found dead under the rubble of the multimillion-dollar property, which police believe was caused by a gas leak. A second person was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Caleb Farley, 24, was not at home when the blast occurred but visited the scene on Tuesday to speak with authorities.
He reportedly told investigators that his father was in the bedroom when it happened. He also said that he had smelled natural gas in the house before the explosion. According to TMZ, the investigation into the incident is ongoing and the focus is currently on the house’s gas lines.
Farley was born in Maiden, NC and attended high school there. He went on to play college football at Virginia Tech, and was drafted by the Titans in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Despite his success on the field, Caleb has dealt with numerous personal tragedies in recent years. His mother died of cancer in January 2018, and his grandmother suffered a stroke in August of 2022.
In addition, he has been on the sidelines for most of this season after suffering an injury in a practice. Nevertheless, his teammates have been supportive of him and were seen taking a knee during a recent practice.
The father of Titans cornerback Caleb Farley was killed overnight in an explosion that destroyed his North Carolina home. The victim has been identified as Robert Matthews Farley, 61. The blast occurred at a multi-million dollar home in Mooresville, a town north of Charlotte. The explosion reportedly caused a gas leak that caused the house to collapse. Another person, 25-year-old family friend Christian Rogers, was injured and taken to a hospital in Charlotte with non-life threatening injuries.
Emergency management officials are investigating the cause of the explosion. The 6,391-square-foot home was a total loss, and multiple vehicles were also impacted. Iredell County Emergency Management Director Kent Greene told reporters that the victim was a relative of Farley.
Located in Iredell County, Mooresville is known as the home of many NASCAR racing teams and their associated technology suppliers, earning it the nickname “Race City USA.” The town also hosts the annual Lake Norman Triathlon.
The town’s main street is a classic small town, complete with antique shops and local dining. The downtown area features the Mooresville Museum, a non-profit dedicated to illuminating the past, interpreting the present, and envisioning the future of the area. Its mission is to be a resource for the community and encourages participation from residents. The museum’s collection includes artwork and objects that depict the history of the region.
The father of Titans cornerback Caleb Farley has been killed in an explosion overnight that leveled his home in North Carolina. The deceased has been identified as Robert Matthew Farley, 61. The explosion occurred just before midnight and was caused by a suspected gas leak. The 6,391-square-foot home was a total loss.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation, but foul play is not suspected. According to Kent Greene, the director of Fire Services and Emergency Management for Iredell County, there was a heavy smell of natural gas present at the time of the explosion. A second victim, a male, was seen leaving the home as crews responded to the scene. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Titans drafted Farley out of Virginia Tech in 2021 and he played in 12 games in his first two, injury-plagued seasons with the team. He is currently on the team’s physically unable to perform list. He has made seven tackles in three games this season. Neighbors in the area told Queen City News they heard a loud explosion and could smell gas. The house was owned by Caleb Farley and had been listed for sale for more than $3 million. The family was spotted at the scene Tuesday morning speaking with authorities. The home is located at 292 Barber Loop in Mooresville.
The North Carolina home of Tennessee Titans cornerback Caleb Farley was destroyed overnight Monday after an explosion that killed his father and injured another person. The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. Robert Farley was found dead in a bedroom area of the home, according to Kent Greene, director of fire services and emergency management for Iredell County. The other victim, who has not been identified, was taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with non-life-threatening injuries. The 6,391-square-foot home is a total loss, Greene said.
The explosion occurred in the town of Mooresville, which is about 30 miles north of Charlotte. Neighbors reported hearing a loud blast before the house began to shake. They also reported smelling natural gas in the area. The cause of the explosion remains under investigation, but investigators believe it was caused by a gas leak.
Caleb Farley grew up in Maiden and attended Virginia Tech. He was drafted by the Titans in 2021 as the 22nd overall pick. He was a starter on the defensive side of the ball this season.
He has been involved in a number of controversial off-field incidents. Last year, he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. He has also been accused of domestic violence in the past, though those allegations were never proven. He lost his mother to breast cancer in 2018, and he credits her with teaching him to lean on his faith.
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