Chris Anderson, a media spokesperson for Cotton States Insurance, a division of Country Financial said the company will begin digging up the area under the basement on May 10, and the process could take several weeks.
“We will be digging under the foundation, and doing a thorough investigation,” Anderson said.
She said the insurance company has requested that an insurance claims adjuster be present whenever investigators are on the scene. Anderson said this was “standard company procedure.”
This announcement comes just days after the Atlanta Gas Light Company announced that the lines leading to the house were not compromised.
“Every test we have conducted leads us to believe nothing was wrong with the lines leading to the house,” said Alan Chapple, a spokesman with Atlanta Gas Light.
However, Calhoun Fire Department, State Fire Marshall, and the Office of the Insurance Commissioner are continuing to look for causes, and gas has not been ruled out.
“We’re not saying it’s not gas related; it just has nothing to do with lines that feed the house,” Chapple said.
Terry Mills City of Calhoun deputy fire chief, said his department is still investigating the explosion.
“We still haven’t ruled out natural gas, but we are looking into other possibilities,” he said.
Investigation at the explosion site, Mills announced Monday night, will be suspended for about a week, until all the insurance companies involved have “had a fair chance” to look at the information available.
During this interim time, insurance representatives will gather in the city fire department training room to go over the details of the explosion, he said.