Furnace likely caused explosion that killed 1

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HAVEN, Kan. (AP) Fire investigators say a propane gas leak is the likely cause of a fire and explosion that killed a Missouri woman and injured three other people.

Brad Agnew, an agent with the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, says the explosion Sunday at a home near Cheney Lake was typical of a propane explosion. He says the furnace ignited the propane but it’s unclear where the propane leak originated.

The Hutchinson News reports that Agnew says a man was in the home working on a water heater but investigators don’t think the water heater was involved in the explosion.

The explosion killed 60-year-old Mary Lou Hemmy, of Independence, Mo. The homeowner, her daughter and the man working on the water heater were injured.

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