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One confirmed dead in rural Gladbrook house explosion

October 31, 2013
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

UPDATE: 4:25 p.m.- 10-31- One person, identified only as an adult female, has been confirmed dead as the result of a house explosion Thursday morning, Oct. 31, at 1207 230th St., rural Gladbrook, in western Tama County. The Iowa Department of Public Safety said the body was recovered from the debris. An adult make was transported to the University of Iowa Burn Unit. Names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Dr. Dennis Mallory, Tama County Medical Examiner, told The Chronicle/News-Herald earlier that Greg Johnson, a Tama County Medical Examiner investigator was at the scene. investigator

One of the victims resided at the home and the other was a heating-cooling repair person according to a DPS news release.

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The explosion leveled the house and it was on fire when firefighters arrived on the scene. The cause is being investigated by the Iowa State Fire Marshal and Gladbrook and Garwin fire departments.

9:40 a.m.- Fire Departments and ambulance services from Garwin, Gladbrook and Toledo were dispatched about 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, to a rural home which was said to have exploded on 230th Street west of Garwin. It was reported one victim was burned and was being transported by Gladbrook ambulance. A paramedic from the Toledo service was reported assisting the Gladbrook service. Calls for more fire department tankers were being made in radio traffic shortly after 9:30 a.m.

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