Investigators work to determine cause of deadly Blount County home explosion

2 found dead after house explosion in Blount County

The site of the explosion, showing what is left of the house. (source: Baylee Slaughter)


MARYVILLE (WATE) – Blount County officials say two people were found dead in the rubble of a house explosion in Blount County.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says the remains of two adults were found on the property after the explosion, but they don’t believe anyone else was in the house.

The explosion was reported around 5:40 p.m. in the 2800 block of Old Whites Mill Road.

The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says there is no need for nearby residents to evacuate. Old Whites Mill will be closed between Pleasant Hill Road and Pineview Road during the investigation. Residents should still be able to get to their homes.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Blount County Sheriff’s Office and Blount County Fire Department are working to find out the cause of the explosion.

The sheriff’s office said autopsies of the two bodies will be performed on Saturday.

Blount County Fire Chief Doug Mclanahan says Patrick Morehead, a Blount County Firefighter, began having chest pains and was hospitalized following the deadly home explosion.

He also said Morehead was out of the hospital by Saturday and doing fine.

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