Blount County house explosion ruled as propane leak

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Officials from the Blount County Sheriff's Office confirmed two people died as a result of a house explosion in Maryville Thursday evening.

Photo courtesy of Baylee Slaughter

The victims were identified Monday as Carey B. Knight, 51, and Donald L. Knight, 54.

Preliminary autopsy reports showed that the Knights' injuries were consistent with the force of the explosion. Both lived at the home and were inside when it exploded.

Investigators with the Sheriff's Office as well as the Tennessee Bomb and Arson squad determined the blast happened as a result of an accidental propane leak.

Deputies from the Blount County Sheriff's Office and responders from the Blount County Fire Department, EMS, and AMR ambulance services responded to the explosion.

Dispatch said the call came in around 5:42 p.m. The scene was located in the 2800 block of Old White's Mill road in Maryville. Old White's Mill has been shut down between Pleasant Hill and Pineview road. Officials said they did not know how long the stretch of road would be closed.

No evacuations were ordered from the area, and though debris was in the trees and throughout the property the house was on, no other homes were in danger from the explosion, according to officials.

Deputies received assistance from a special agent with Tennessee Bomb and Arson, as well as the ATF.

Local 8 News talked to neighbors who felt the blast nearby.

"I was sitting there working in the back yard heard a boom it didn't sound like dynamite the ground shook and it almost shook me down," said neighbor John Worth.

Those who knew the victims said they mostly kept to themselves.

"I feel sorry for the family and loved ones, I really do. A house explosion like that its hard to wrap your brain around and understand," neighbor Matt Moyers told Local 8 News.

The Red Cross was also on the scene, and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was sending an investigator to the site.