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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Home explosion update

  • DAMASCUS TWP. - Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell identified the victims of the home explosion in Damascus Township, that occurred Sunday, June 16. Franklin Kay, age 75, and his wife, Carol T. Kay, 69, died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Howell said.
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  •    DAMASCUS TWP. - Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell identified the victims of the home explosion in Damascus Township, that occurred Sunday, June 16. Franklin Kay, age 75, and his wife, Carol T. Kay, 69, died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Howell said.
       The couple's remains were located Monday morning, following the explosion that destroyed the house at 2530 River Road. Carbon monoxide had been inhaled from the smoke that ensued. State Police, Honesdale, said that the cause appeared to be from propane gas; the investigation was continuing. The Coroner ruled the deaths as accidental. Autopsies were performed on the victims.
        The explosion occurred shortly after 10 p.m., Sunday. The roof of the two story house was blown off and fell in the river below, The Wayne Independent (reporter Kevin Kearney) stated. Neighboring houses were rattled.
        Carol Kay's body was found at 5:43 a.m., and her husband at 10:23 a.m., in the rubble. It was not clear how long they lived after the explosion. The Kays were described by a neighbor as great people who were very helpful to others. They ran a flea market in Callicoon for over 30 years before retiring.
       Equinunk Fire Department was on scene, assisted by numerous other fire companies.

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