The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms division has been brought in to assist in the investigation of the April 15 explosion that leveled one Calhoun home and left a handful of other houses uninhabitable.

According to Chief Deputy Terry Mills of the Calhoun Fire Department, the ATF, which is a division of the FBI, was brought in with a K-9 unit to inspect the home.

However, Mills stated the ATF’s involvement was simply procedural, and that authorities still believe the explosion at 168 Saddle Mount Drive in Calhoun was gas-related.

“We have no reason to believe it was anything other than an accident,” Mills said.

Cotton States Insurance, a division of Country Financial the company that insured the Saddle Mount Drive property told the Calhoun Times last week that the company would begin digging up the property’s basement on May 10.

Mills also stated that the investigation has been suspended temporarily while all the insurance companies involved have a chance to review the information available so far.

Calhoun Times