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Two Dead after Explosion, Fire Due Accidental Gun Discharge

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the deaths of a father and son after a fatal fire reportedly started after the accidental discharge of an AR-15 rifle.

According to a TBI spokesperson, the Henderson County Fire and Sheriff’s Departments responded to the fire and explosion in the 2900 block of McCaney Mill Road in Huron, Sunday.

Witnesses said that Terry York, 48, who lived at the residence with his family, was showing a friend the AR-15 rifle when it discharged accidentally. The witness told investigators that a fire and possible explosion ensued instantaneously. The person who witnessed the incident was able to escape the engulfed home, but Terry York and his 12 year-old son Luke had to be pulled out of the burning house.

Terry York was pronounced dead at the scene. Luke York was taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead . An autopsy of both Terry and Luke York has been requested.

Tennessee Bomb and Arson investigators also responded to the scene. 26th Judicial District Attorney General Jerry Woodall requested the TBI to investigate any non arson/fire aspect of the incident. The investigation is continuing.