Marine Wife Killed, 2 Injured in California Propane Explosion

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLEVILLE, Calif. (AP) - Military officials say the wife of a U.S. Marine died and a Navy corpsman and his wife were injured in a propane gas explosion outside a remote Northern California training base.

The officials were still not releasing the victims' identities Saturday morning, saying they were in the process of contacting next of kin.

The explosion around 9 p.m. Friday occurred at a housing unit in the Mono County town of Coleville for the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Seven residences were damaged and 38 families were evacuated. Marine spokesman Capt. Nicholas Mannweiler said the families have not been cleared to return to their homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is investigating the explosion.

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