Report: Woman killed in explosion was on phone
ALLENTOWN, Pa. - March 17, 2011 (WPVI) -- Authorities say one victim of the deadly gas explosion that killed five in Allentown was on the phone and didn't mention a gas odor at the time.
The Morning Call of Allentown reports Thursday that a family lawyer says 74-year-old Beatrice Hall was talking to a friend when the line went dead last month.
A city fire official confirms the call. He says it suggests Hall and her 79-year-old husband William were unaware of the looming danger that killed them.
The explosion flattened a pair of row houses and set fire to a block of homes in an area where the underground gas main lacked shut-off valves.
Meanwhile, the first round of relief checks ranging from $500 to $5,000 are being sent to some of the 35 affected families.
Information from: The Morning Call
allentown, pennsylvania, gas leak, explosion, local/state
- Police: NJ mom drives van into river with 3 kids
- Freeze Warning overnight
- Get the 6abc StormTracker app
- WATCH: Action News Online
- Delco man missing after leaving medical facility
- Puppy poisoned in Mantua, New Jersey
- Lehigh University suspends frat in vandalism case
- All-clear given after Liberty H.S. lockdown
- Ferry sinks off South Korea; hundreds still missing
- Mom sought after daughter, 11, shot and killed
- Chestnut Hill College student found dead
- Wawa celebrates 50th birthday with big gifts
- Photos: Wawa celebrates 50 years
- Voorhees police need help identifying this man