Marine Wife Killed In Ca. Explosion Was Iowan, 31

Published February 6, 2012 2:18AM (EST)

COLEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Families have started returning to their homes outside a remote U.S. Marine training base in Northern California where a propane gas explosion killed one person and critically burned two others.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Nicholas Mannweiler says the Friday night explosion left 11 homes uninhabitable, though only one house was totally destroyed.

Some of the 38 families displaced from the neighborhood that serves the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center headed back into their homes Sunday as tests of the gas system determined the structures were safe.

Lori Hardin, a mother of two and wife of Gunnery Sgt. Greg G. Hardin of Tuolumne, Calif., died in the explosion.

Mannweiler says a Navy corpsman hospitalized with burns has been released. His wife remains in critical condition but is improving.

By Salon Staff

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