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House Exploded and Death Investigation in Calloway County

Date of News Release: 09/15/2013

(Murray, KY) - Kentucky State Police, the State Fire Marshal's Office, and the Calloway County Coroner's Office continue to investigate an explosion and fire of a residence off Cook Store Trail, near Coldwater, in Calloway County. The single story dwelling was leveled in an explosion that severely injured four adults and killed one man on Saturday evening, September 14th.

The decedent was pronounced dead at the scene by Calloway County Coroner Rick Harris. One victim was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN. Three of the surviving victims were initially transported to Murray-Calloway County Hospital, before all were later transported to Vanderbilt University Hospital. Two of them were airlifted from Murray-Calloway County Hospital, and one was transported by ground.

The name of the decedent is being withheld, pending positive identification and notification of family members. An autopsy is scheduled later today in Madisonville.

The investigation, thus far, has centered on a liquid propane wall heater and potential LP gas leak as the cause of the explosion and resulting fire. The home was a total loss.

The Kentucky State Police were assisted at the scene by the State Fire Marshal's Office, Calloway County Sheriff's Department, Calloway County Fire/Rescue, Farmington Fire Department, Murray/Calloway County EMS, and the Calloway

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House Exploded and Death Investigation in Calloway County

Date of News Release: 09/15/2013

(CADIZ, KY.) - On September 14, 2013 at 1911 hours, Calloway County Dispatch received a 911 call from a neighboring residence advising the house at 669 Cook Store Trail, near Codwater, had exploded. Calloway County Fire & Rescue responded to find the house fully engulfed in flames. Four people that were inside the house advised one other person was inside and did not make it out. The deceased was later located and has not been positively identified as this time. The four that were in the house during the explosion received sever injuries. Barbara Parker was flown from the scene to a Tennessee hospital. The other three were transported by Calloway County EMS to Murray-Calloway County Hospital.

Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation with the assistance from the State Fire Marshal, Calloway County Corner, and Calloway Sheriff's Department. The cause of the explosion has yet to be officially determined; however Kentucky State Police can confirm the house was heated with Liquid Propane, and it is suspected that this may have contributed to this incident.

Police and Fire personnel will remain on scene throughout the night. Cook Store Trail will be closed on the north end at the intersection of US 68/80 for several more hours.

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