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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Propane May Have Caused House To Blow Up

CLARION - A Perry Township mother and her teenage son were injured when their two-story house exploded early Tuesday morning.

Shawna Corle, 38, was reportedly sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when the blast occurred shortly after 5 a.m., neighbors said. Her son, 13-year-old Brandon Corle, was asleep on a couch on the first floor.

Both victims were thrown clear of the house by the explosion, state police Trooper Jamie LeVier said.

According to neighbors, Brandon Corle was found lying near a mailbox on the opposite side of Spring Road, in pain but conscious.

Shawna Corle's mother reportedly drove her and her son to Clarion Hospital before emergency crews arrived on the scene. Brandon Corle was taken by ambulance to West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

A neighbor who had spoken to family members at the hospital said the boy was being treated for burns and a broken leg.

Shawna Corle was released after being treated for minor burns.

Her husband, Russ Corle, had reportedly left for work before the blast occurred.

Neighbor Susan Weckerly said she had just gotten out of bed when the early morning silence was rocked by a huge explosion.

"It was the loudest explosion I ever heard," Weckerly said. "It shook the windows."
Shawna Corle showed up at her door a few minutes later, bloody and dazed but coherent. Weckerly said what was left of the house was engulfed in flames.

"She said, 'My house blew up,'" Weckerly said. "It was like she was in a dream."
Neighbor Art Campbell said he was awakened from a dead sleep by the blast.
"I couldn't think for the life of me what hit," he said.

A state police fire marshal's investigation is focusing on a propane tank in the house as the source of the explosion, although what sparked the blast had not been determined.

Fire crews from Rimersburg, Sligo, Callensburg and Parker responded.

From the DuBois Courier Express

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