Family members say two killed in home explosion

CHEROKEE COUNTY (KYTX) - The lives of a Cherokee County couple are taken when their house explodes in flames Sunday morning, according to family members.

Family members say the couple that died is Madeleine and Jerry Vessels. They live in the 1100 block of County Road 4706 near Troup.

Jerry Vessels' brother lives across the street, and Jerry's sister in law describes to CBS 19 crews a huge boom that she heard go off around 10:45 Sunday morning.

She says they immediately ran out and were at the couple's home within a few minutes, but the home was already consumed in flames.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department is leading the investigation. The sheriff, along with members from Troup Fire Department were at the scene today.

There is no word yet on what caused the explosion or the fire.


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