2 Hurt When Open Gas Line Causes House Explosion

Posted at: 07/08/2013 8:43 PM

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say two people remain hospitalized after an explosion destroyed their home in southern Wisconsin.

The Beloit Police Department identifies them as 33-year-old Tara Purdy and 37-year-old Todd Purdy. Both were taken to UW-Madison Hospital after they were pulled from the rubble Sunday night.

Tara Purdy was in fair condition Monday while Todd Purdy was in critical condition.

The State Fire Marshal's Office and Beloit Fire Department say an open gas line in the basement contributed to the explosion. They say the tenants installed a new gas stove Sunday evening, and were unaware that the gas line in the basement was not capped. The basement filled with gas, and something unknown caused it to ignite.

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