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Coroner releases names of husband and wife killed in Wolfe County home explosion

A neighbor tells WKYT an older couple lived in the home with their children and grandchildren. (WKYT)
A neighbor tells WKYT an older couple lived in the home with their children and grandchildren. (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: Nov. 25, 2019 at 12:19 PM EST
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Family members were back at the remains of a Wolfe County home Monday.

Kentucky State Police say two people died in the explosion. Investigators say they were in the basement.

The Wolfe County coroner says 52-year-old Phillip Vanderpool and his wife 48-year-old Sueann Vanderpool were killed.

Four others escaped the home with burns. Two of them are in the hospital, according to relatives, and one is in serious condition.

"I just hate to see anything like this happen to anybody, but especially them because I know them," said Leonard Stone, a family friend.

A neighbor who has lived next to the family for more than 20 years tells WKYT she saw and heard the explosion. She says she immediately called 911.

The neighbor says an older couple lived in the home with their children and grandchildren.

Stone says one of the victims is in critical condition at the hospital.

"One minute you had your grandparents, the next minute they're gone. One minute you had a mom and dad and the next minute they're gone.," said Stone.

Investigators do not yet know what caused the explosion.

A gas company is also investigating the explosion.

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