Authorities say a couple was killed in an early morning house explosion in a rural area of western Pennsylvania.
Emergency dispatchers in Beaver County say the explosion was reported at about 4 a.m. Tuesday at the residence in South Beaver Township, approximately 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.
Officer Jesse Richman said the victims, who were both in their mid to late 60s, were inside the ranch-style home when the blast occurred.
Fire crews were initially kept away from the scene of the house explosion because of smaller explosions that police believed to have been ammunition going off, but they were later able to extinguish the fire.
The fire marshal is investigating the cause, which Richman said police believe “probably is going to be gas-related.” He said the home used propane as fuel, a possible suspect.
State police are not identifying the victims at this time; however neighbors said Frank and Carol Kay lived in the home. The Callicoon Community is mourning the loss of the two long-time business owners.
“Absolutely shocking 15 minutes before I said I’ll see you in the morning,” said Andy Ray, a neighbor.
Ray says that he and his wife arrive home just after having dinner with the Kay’s when the house burst into flames. “We heard the biggest explosion we ever heard,” said Ray.
The explosion occurred around 10:30 Sunday night. Witnesses say they could see and feel the explosion from across the Delaware River in nearby Callicoon.
“By the time I ran down the street that fire was a blaze I couldn’t get near it,” said Ray.
The Kay’s were a well-known couple and well-liked in Callicoon, where they owned the Callicoon Flea market for more than 15 years according to TWC News.
“There’s going to be a gigantic void,” said Ray.
Pennsylvania House Explosion Kills 2