2 dead after mobile home explosion in Houston County

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STEWART, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people were killed late Monday night after a mobile home exploded in Houston County.

According to Houston County Fire Department Chief David Hardin, the explosion happened around 10:45 p.m. on Stevenson Lane.

He said witnesses reported seeing the mobile home explode then catch fire.

Chief Hardin said a woman was inside at the time of the explosion and a man, believed to be her husband, was outside. He reportedly ran inside to try to save the woman, but he never came back outside.

Their bodies were later found by fire crews.

Chief Hardin said the couple was believed to be in their 70s.

Hardin said the female victim used supplemental oxygen to breathe and had approximately 10 oxygen tanks inside the mobile home at the time of the explosion. Some of those tanks had been delivered earlier in the day Monday.

An oxygen generator was also in the home, according to the chief.

The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the fire.

The Houston County Fire Department was assisted by the Erin Fire Department and the Tennessee Ridge Fire Department.