Scene of Bristol home explosion drawing community’s attention


BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – The scene of a Bristol home explosion has drawn the community’s attention.

Virginia State Police were called to the home on Campground Road Thursday morning.

Friday, passersby spent the day checking out the heartbreaking damage.

Justin Williamson has seen the Bristol home before, but never like this.

“They were having yard sales and we’d stop and buy some things off of them,” he said.

Williamson and Kaitlin Osborne stopped to grab a picture and see the damage firsthand.

“I just think it’s devastating that a house was there just a few days ago and now it’s gone,” Osborne said.

It’s a trend we noticed throughout the day Friday – cars slowing down or coming to a complete stop.

“I’ve been hearing so much about it,” said passerby Debra Maultsby. She and her mom looked at the fragments of what used to be a home.

“It’s breathtaking to see something like that and think anyone could live through something like that,” Maultsby said.

Virginia State Police said the explosion leveled the home, and they arrived to see remaining debris on fire. Smoke and flames were still visible Friday.

Cathy Newland said she is a family friend.

“You could always come over here and see kids playing ball or in the pool or eating,” Newland said.

Friday she stopped by to take a picture and remember the good times.

“God had his hand in this all along, I mean he’s had to or they would die,” she said.

At last check with hospital officials, resident Sandra Johnson, 55, is in critical condition and her husband Carl, 69, is in fair. Their son Jason, 33, was treated and released.

Goodson Kinderhook Volunteer fire chief Don Venable said the cause and origin of the fire appear to be propane-related, but are still under investigation.

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