Gas Build-Up Leads to Deadly Explosion at New Jersey Home, Officials Say - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Gas Build-Up Leads to Deadly Explosion at New Jersey Home, Officials Say

Investigators say gas build-up caused house blast that killed couple, Carole and John Paladino.

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    Cleanup Continues After Deadly House Explosion

    The cleanup continues after a husband and wife were killed in an explosion at a New Jersey house. The investigation into the cause of the blast continues.

    (Published Sunday, July 8, 2018)

    What to Know

    • Carol and John Paladino died when their Newfield, New Jersey, home exploded Saturday morning.

    • Gloucester County Fire Marshal's Office says it couldn't pinpoint the source of the gas leak or say what sparked the blast.

    Authorities say an explosion that killed a New Jersey couple and leveled their home last week was caused by a gas build-up of some kind.

    But the Gloucester County Fire Marshal's Office says it couldn't pinpoint the source of the gas leak or say what sparked the blast in Newfield on Saturday. The agency issued its finding Monday, listing the nature of the explosion as "undetermined."

    An office spokeswoman said "numerous sources of ignition" set off the explosion that killed 73-year-old John Paladino and his 72-year-old wife, Carole.

    Neighbors have said the couple had a new stove delivered the day before the explosion occurred. But the office's finding didn't mention the stove in its determination.

    South Jersey Couple Killed in House ExplosionSouth Jersey Couple Killed in House Explosion

    The explosion in Newfield, New Jersey, claimed the lives of a married couple well known to the area. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

    (Published Sunday, July 8, 2018)

    "There's nothing left," Jason Brandt, a witness said. "I saw a bathroom sink sitting there but the house is gone."

    Neighbors say the Paladinos lived in the home for decades and raised their children there as well. They were friends with everyone on the street.

    "It's scary," Audra Manasco, a neighbor, said. "It's a tragedy that you know, it's a small, quiet town. Nothing like this ever happens."

    The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office declined comment Monday on its ongoing investigation into the blast.

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