UPDATE: One killed, one hurt in Iowa house explosion

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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 3:30 pm


Authorities say a woman has been killed and a man injured following a house explosion in central Iowa.

Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera says a body was recovered inside the home following the Thursday morning explosion in rural Gladbrook, located several miles northeast of Marshalltown.

Ron Humphrey with the State Fire Marshal’s Office says officials are investigating the cause of death.

Humphrey says the woman lived in the home and the man was a repairman. Investigators believe he was fixing a furnace before the explosion.

The man has been transported to an Iowa City hospital. His condition is not available.

Kucera says crews from multiple fire departments have contained the blaze caused by the explosion. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause.


Authorities say one person has been hospitalized following a house explosion in Tama County.

Gladbrook Fire Chief Matt Koester said that a person was found Thursday outside the house, located northwest of Garwin. The person was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, but additional information was not available.

Koester says firefighters are trying to control the blaze caused by the explosion to see if anyone else was inside the house.

Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera said that a service technician was working on a furnace before the explosion Thursday morning.

Authorities have not released additional information. Multiple messages left for the Tama County Sheriff’s Office were not immediately returned.

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