Fire officials are investigating why a house in Rossville exploded Wednesday night, blowing house pieces hundreds of yards away and scaring neighbors.
Calls flooded into 911 around 9:20 p.m., after a house at 1441 Mission Ridge Road exploded with no one inside, said Walker County Fire Marshall Waymond Westbrook.
Debris was scattered around the area and the single-story house was completely flattened, Westbrook said. The owner of the house wasn’t home and officials are having difficulty locating them.
Today investigators are trying to find a cause for the explosion, but there is no clear sign since the neighborhood doesn’t have any natural gas, Westbrook said. The investigators can’t find any liquid propane at the home — which is highly explosive.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...