Ten­nessee home ex­plodes; two die

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

MARYVILLE, Tenn. — Two peo­ple died late Thurs­day when a house in Ten­nessee ex­ploded.

Blount County sher­iff’s of­fice spokesman Mar­ian O’Bri­ant said deputies and fire­fight­ers who re­sponded to the scene in Maryville found the house de­stroyed.

O’Bri­ant says in­ves­ti­ga­tors, as­sisted by the Ten­nessee Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion, are sift­ing the rub­ble and work­ing to de­ter­mine the cause of the ex­plo­sion.

The two vic­tims have not been iden­ti­fied. Au­thor­i­ties do not know whether they were res­i­dents of the home. State prop­erty records show the house was owned by Don­ald and Carey Knight.

Au­thor­i­ties said a sec­tion road near the prop­erty will be closed to traf­fic for an un­de­ter­mined amount of time, but area res­i­dents will be al­lowed ac­cess.

AP/The Daily Times/DARYL SUL­LI­VAN

Sher­iff’s of­fice and fire of­fi­cials work at the scene where a house ex­ploded Thurs­day in Maryville, Tenn.

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