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Lincoln County Fatal Explosion

Date of News Release: 01/12/2010

(Stanford, Ky.) -- Kentucky State Police Post 7, Richmond is currently investigating an explosion and fire that occurred at 803 Oak Street in Stanford. The explosion occurred in a building at the rear of the residence. The residence belongs to Mr. Shannon Corman, age 80 of Stanford. Law enforcement and fire officials responded to the residence at approximately 3:14 p.m. Upon arrival, they found two injured victims outside the back of the residence. They are identified as Louise Shannon, age 75 of Stanford and James Greenwood, age 57, also of Stanford. Both were flown to the UK Medical Center in Lexington for treatment. Louise Corman is listed in serious condition and James Greenwood is in critical condition.

Firefighters and law enforcement also discovered a deceased victim inside the building at the rear of the residence. The deceased is believed to be Mr. Shannon Corman, however positive identification will be determined through the State Medical Examiners Office in Frankfort. Mr. Corman is a Class Three Federal licensed firearms dealer. It is believed that he was mixing a large amount of black powder when the explosion occurred. The cause of the explosion has not been determined. The building was a complete loss and the rear of the residence suffered extensive damage.

The following agencies responded to the scene and will be assisting in the investigation: KSP Arson Investigator Pat Alford, KSP Hazardous Devices Unit and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Other agencies who responded are the Stanford Fire Department, Lincoln County EMS, Stanford Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

The deceased will be taken to the State Medical Examiners Office by the Lincoln County Coroner, where an autopsy will be conducted and positive identification made. The KSP investigation is being conducted by Detective Bill Collins and KSP Arson Investigator Pat Alford.

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