- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

CHATTAROY, W.VA. (AP) - A fire official in West Virginia say no one was injured when an explosion leveled a house and shattered windows in cars and other homes.

The explosion happened around 2 a.m. Thursday in Chattaroy, about 80 miles southwest of Charleston near the Kentucky border.

Fire Capt. Brandon Thacker says he doesn’t know what caused the blast. Authorities were told there was a propane tank was at one of the homes but crews haven’t found one.

Larry Cope, a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness, says an unoccupied house two doors up from his church was leveled and there’s debris everywhere.

Cope says the blast blew out windows and doors at his church and several adjacent houses.


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