State representatives said the 2017 expansion of the sale of fireworks has exploded into a disaster.
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There's no word from authorities on if the two incidents are related.
"They have a lot of challenges ahead of them to try to locate any individuals that are alive."
According to the American Burn Association, the sale of consumer-grade fireworks more than doubled between 2019 and 2020.
A man is being treated for burns to the arm and smoke inhalation after being pulled unconscious from the fire early Sunday morning.
The blast leveled eight homes and left five dead.
Richard Bold, 78, was found on the second floor of his burning home and business late Wednesday night.
Crews reportedly struck three alarms for help fighting the fire in the area of North Eighth and Turner streets.