Victim In California Home Explosion Improving

SACRAMENTO (AP) - The 17-year-old survivor of a deadly Christmas
Eve home explosion has improved to good condition at a Sacramento
burn center.

Shriners Hospital for Children spokeswoman Catherine Curran says
the hospital upgraded Sunny Dickson from critical to good condition
Saturday.

Her mother, 44-year-old Kim Dickson, remained in critical condition Saturday at the UC Davis Burn Center in Sacramento, says hospital spokeswoman Phyllis Brown.

Wilbert "Bill" Paana, 72, died Wednesday after the suspected natural gas explosion leveled the suburban Sacramento home where the three were living. Paana was Kim Dickson's father and Sunny Dickson's grandfather.

Two neighboring homes were also heavily damaged. Three other people were treated for less severe injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board is taking over the investigation Monday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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