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House explosion kills 2 in north Georgia; cause remains unknown

A Union County, Georgia Sheriff's Office vehicle.
A Union County, Georgia Sheriff's Office vehicle.(Source: Union County Georgia Sheriff's Office/Facebook)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 4:54 AM EDT
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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Officials say two people were killed in a Union County explosion on Sunday morning.

The blast occurred at 307 Pauline Lane in Blairsville. The home was approximately 26 years old, and was entirely destroyed by the blast, officials say.

“Ralph Norris Wood, Jr., 78, and Peggy Wood, 77, were home at the time of the fire and tragically passed as a result,” Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John F. King announced today. “This unprecedented blast left several homes in the area damaged. Due to the severity of the explosion, it could be up to several weeks before the cause is determined.”

The victims’ bodies were transported to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in Atlanta for autopsy.

The explosion remains under active investigation at this time.

Commissioner King’s Fire Investigations Division assisted the Union County Fire Department, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Union County Coroner.

Officials say this marks the 57th and 58th death from a Georgia fire in 2021.

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