Report: Woman killed in explosion was on phone

March 17, 2011 12:04:29 PM PDT
Authorities say one victim of the deadly gas explosion that killed five in Allentown was on the phone and didn't mention a gas odor at the time.

The Morning Call of Allentown reports Thursday that a family lawyer says 74-year-old Beatrice Hall was talking to a friend when the line went dead last month.

A city fire official confirms the call. He says it suggests Hall and her 79-year-old husband William were unaware of the looming danger that killed them.

The explosion flattened a pair of row houses and set fire to a block of homes in an area where the underground gas main lacked shut-off valves.

Meanwhile, the first round of relief checks ranging from $500 to $5,000 are being sent to some of the 35 affected families.


Information from: The Morning Call