The following is a summary of an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Whittington Creek is known for its upscale homes and peaceful streets. All that changed dramatically December 9th just after 3 a.m. when a home belonging to Stephen and Sue Krzeski violently exploded. The explosion blew the couple from the home and into the back yard. Both were transferred to the hospital where Stephen is listed in serious condition and Sue is listed in stable condition. Their son is believed to have perished in the blast. Clean-up efforts will involve recovering his body in what is left of the basement.
Flames from the fireball shot 40 feet into the air. Debris was scattered 60 yards in all directions. Within a minute the entire house was completely collapsed and consumed by fire. It appears the couple’s lives may have been spared by being blown out of the house. The cause is reported to be related to natural gas, though the exact cause is still unknown.
“They didn’t seem to be burned, they were more in shock,” Farina said. “I don’t know how they survived.”
She said Sue Krzeski was lying on top of a pile of rubble in her back yard, while Stephen Krzeski was under a pile of rubble, also in the back yard.
“We are two football fields away, and the whole ground shook,” Farina said.
The blast tilted pictures on the walls of her house and flung open cabinet doors, she said.
“There was a huge explosion,” said neighbor Ed King. “I thought a tree had fallen in the back yard.
“When it wasn’t a tree, then I thought we’d had an earthquake.
“I looked out and within 60 seconds the house was totally collapsed, and it was totally on fire.”
Larry Elmore, who lives across the street from the house that exploded, had just moved in last month.
“My son said the house across the street is gone, it’s just gone,” Elmore said.
Our deepest condolences go out to the victims and other families affected by this accident. A thorough investigation is critical to determine what caused this tragedy.
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