EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Preliminary post-mortem outcomes launched Monday for the three victims of a home explosion in a southern Indiana neighborhood present they died of blunt pressure trauma and compression asphyxia.
A married couple who lived on the middle of the Wednesday explosion in Evansville, 43-year-old Charles Hite and 37-year-old Martina Hite, each died of blunt pressure trauma to their chests, and 29-year-old neighbor Jessica Teague died of compression asphyxia, the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Workplace mentioned in a information launch.
Ultimate post-mortem reviews and toxicology are pending, Chief Deputy Coroner David Anson mentioned within the information launch.
The explosion injured a fourth individual and broken 39 properties, leaving 11 uninhabitable, authorities have mentioned.
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An announcement Monday by the Evansville Hearth Division mentioned the investigation continues to be in its early levels and certain might be prolonged.
“The very gradual methodical technique of the investigation began this morning,” EFD Division Chief Mike Larson mentioned within the launch. “The Indiana State Hearth Marshal’s Workplace is main this investigation and the Evansville Hearth Division is helping. A number of Insurance coverage investigators have been on the town and the Evansville Police Division is helping with interviews as they’re wanted, together with web site safety,”
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Suzanne Dabkowski, a spokeswoman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, mentioned final week that the company cannot converse to any potential causes of the explosion. Dabkowski mentioned the ATF has explosive specialists and firearms investigators on-site in Evansville who have been serving to with the investigation.
Evansville authorities have declined to invest whether or not pure fuel or one other situation is accountable for the explosion.
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Evansville is alongside Indiana’s border with Kentucky. The blast left particles that included picket boards, window glass and insulation strewn over a 100-foot radius.
CenterPoint Power, the native fuel utility, has mentioned it was working with hearth officers and different companies because the investigation continues.
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