NY house explosion kills teen, injures 4 relatives

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Posted: Jul 24, 2012 4:35 PM
NY house explosion kills teen, injures 4 relatives

WILSON, N.Y. (AP) — An early morning blast that leveled a two-story house and blew survivors out of the home in western New York has killed a 14-year-old girl and injured her parents and two of her siblings.

Niagara County Undersheriff Michael Filicetti said Tuesday that the occupants told investigators they'd detected an odor of propane a day earlier, but it was unclear what action was taken. The cause of the explosion in the town of Wilson, about 30 miles north of Buffalo, is being investigated.

The sheriff's office says homeowners Jody and Judith Johnson and their 16-year-old son, Nathan, are hospitalized in stable condition. An 18-year-old daughter, Katie, is critically hurt with severe burns. Sarah Johnson was killed.

Authorities say a 10-year-old son and 16-year-old daughter weren't home at the time.