Local/State

Report: Woman killed in explosion was on phone

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Allentown explosion

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.

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Information from: The Morning Call

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