Police: 1 dead after Maine condo explosion

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — An apparent gas explosion at a Maine condominium complex Tuesday killed one man, while leveling his condo in a blast that could be felt across town.

The body of Peter Corey, 65, was found in the rubble of his Yarmouth condo following the 6:20 a.m. explosion, said state police spokesman Steve McCausland. Ten or more other condos were damaged, and a resident and a firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said.

The state Fire Marshal’s Office was investigating, but McCausland said the cause apparently involved propane.

The explosion was similar to a Feb. 12 explosion of a home in Bath from a leak in a propane line; a woman inside the two-unit apartment building was killed and the building was leveled. The Maine Fuel Board, which regulates propane and natural gas, was investigating that explosion.

The Yarmouth condo complex is made up of groupings of modern, upscale attached homes. The explosion Tuesday disintegrated one of the homes, turning wallboard into powder and leaving a large debris field around the house and other bits and pieces scattered around the neighborhood.

Residents more than a mile away reported feeling the impact. John Vincent said he heard the blast and felt the earth shake in his house a few hundred yards away.

“I initially thought something had hit my house, or a small plane had crashed into the woods,” he said.

Vincent looked out, but couldn’t see anything; a neighbor later told him what happened.

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