Published: February 23, 2021


THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES THIS MORNING FOLLOWING A PROPANE GAS EXPLOSION THAT OCCURRED MONDAY NIGHT IN SUMMERTOWN. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL WERE DISPATCHED TO THE SCENE ON PINE LAKE RD JUST OFF RAILROAD BED ROAD AROUND 7 PM. ONE PERSON WAS INJURED IN THE EXPLOSION AND AIRLIFTED TO A NASHVILLE HOSPITAL. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE THE LARGE SIZE TANK WAS FILLED ON MONDAY AND AN OPEN VALVE ON THE FIREPLACE ALLOWED FOR GAS TO ACCUMULATE IN A SMALL CLOSE SPACE AND IGNITE. MEMBERS OF THE SUMMERTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT, LAWRENCE COUNTY EMS AND LAWRENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT RESPONDED. THE CONDITION OF THE PATIENT IS UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME.