Pikeville, TN – By Ben Benton, TFP Online
A man who was injured in a gas explosion while trying to light a heater Saturday remains in critical condition, authorities said today.
Duane Smiths home was destroyed in the blast, authorities said.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a 72-year-old Kingsport woman and her 19-year-old grandson died in another gas explosion. Investigators said there was a hole in the gas line between the supply tank and the heater.
Pikeville Natural Gas Manager Rickie Van Winkle said the first cold weather each fall means a lot of heating systems are being turned on for the first time in months.
If you smell gas, get out of the house and call the gas company, he said.