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Gas line shut down days after deadly blast

Posted at 4:57 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-02 14:49:44-05

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The community continues to mourn the loss of three people after an explosion in Wolfe County, and now, the emergency management director has announced people in the area will experience gas outages.

Wolfe County Emergency Management Director Marcus Stephens posted an update to Facebook Tuesday that said, "We have had the Troublesome Troublesome Creek Gas Company to shut off the supply line because of leaks detected earlier today. It will be shut off until further notice. We will post updates as the situation develops. We have spoken to the gas company about them providing supplemental heating source during this outage. Will update the post once more information is available."

LEX 18's Katherine Collins has reached out to Troublesome Creek Gas Company. They told her over the phone that they had no comment.

Phillip Vanderpool and his wife, Sueann, went to the home to check on a gas smell in the basement. Emergency management officials told LEX 18 that someone reported a gas odor twice Saturday. They told LEX 18 the gas company came out and checked it, then left.

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the home blew up, killing Phillip and Sueann.

On Monday, Phillip's father, Albert Vanderpool, died at the University of Kentucky Hospital. Albert's official cause of death is hypoxic respiratory failure, which was caused by smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blast is still under investigation.