House explodes in Rossville, fire officials investigating

House explodes in Rossville, fire officials investigating

November 3rd, 2011 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

Walker County Fire Department crew survey the scene where a house exploded at approximately 9:20 pm last night on the 1400 block of Mission Ridge Rd. in Rossville, Ga.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

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.