Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

House Explosion Kills Couple in South Beaver

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

House Explosion Kills Couple in South Beaver

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Authorities said a man and a woman were killed in an early morning house explosion in South Beaver, Beaver County.

The blast was reported at about 4 a.m. in the 400 block of Louthan Road. The county coroner identified the victims as Ray Trautvetter, 74, and his wife, Janet, 69.

Relatives at the scene declined to speak with reporters.

Officials said fire crews were told to keep their distance at first because ammunition inside the residence was going off. Police said some debris flew a quarter-mile from the home.

Township police Chief Dan McLean said investigators believe the explosion could have started from some kind of gas leak, but stressed that it was still under investigation. Neighbors said the couple had a propane tank.

Some neighbors mistook the blast for a lightning strike. It shook cabinets at a mobile home community down the road and broke a light fixture at a home 800 feet away. One neighbor said the explosion sounded like "World War III. …

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