Crossville, TN – Tuesday dawned just about like any other day for Donna Jean Ekis of Deer Creek Rd. Until the big boom.
An explosion ripped through Ekis’ rural mobile home shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, throwing the home owner from her recliner into an adjacent room and sending the roof into the air like a rocket. The roof landed in the front yard several feet away. The resident somehow managed to escape the blast and the flames with her life.
A clock sailed from its place on a wall into the back yard and stopped at 6:51 a.m.
“She is a lucky lady,” Cumberland County Fire Chief Jeff Dodson said as he surveyed the scene. “She couldn’t tell us exactly how she got out, but she was out when we arrived.”
An ambulance transported Ekis to Cumberland Medical Center for treatment of a large burn on a shoulder and other injuries. She was still being treated at press time and her condition was not known, although her injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Dodson said neighbors living on the other side of a hill from the property the trailer was located on heard the explosion and rushed over to check on their neighbor. They found Ekis dazed in her front yard.
“I am pretty sure it was a propane explosion,” Dodson said. “It’s about the only thing it could have been.”
First responding firefighters reported finding the mobile home literally blown to pieces and what was left enveloped in flames. Tanker trucks shuttled water to the scene from a hydrant on Mayland Rd., a couple of miles away. Deer Creek Rd. runs off Bud Tanner Rd. near the Mayland Rd. intersection.
Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency and the Cumberland County chapter of the American Red Cross responded to the scene.
Sunday night Cumberland County firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire on Tuttle Lane. Fire destroyed the home and the unidentified home owner was taken by ambulance to CMC where he was treated for smoke inhalation and later released. A firefighter said the resident was awakened during the night by a smoke detector and was able to escape but in both cases, losses were total.
No other information was available at press time because county firefighters were busy extinguishing a large grass fire on I-40 and were also dispatched to the scene of an accident with injuries involving a logging truck that overturned, knocking down a power pole on Genesis Rd. in the area of Adams Creek.