Couple killed in north Ga explosion identified

Blast leveled home near Blairsville

State officials have identified the two people who died when their home in Blairsville exploded Sunday morning. Ralph Wood was 78 years old; his wife Peggy was 77. There were killed when a blast leveled their home in Union County. Investigators continue their search for the cause of the deadly explosion.

From WSB TV...

Investigators and neighbors are still questioning what exactly happened at the home.

“We have an incredibly sad situation in North Georgia,” said John King, Georgia Insurance and Safety fire commissioner.

The blast was so powerful that pieces of the home landed in the trees across the street.

The couple who died inside of the home has been identified as Ralph and Peggy Wood.

“We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. They were very nice people,” said neighbor Jane Stone.

King said that the investigation will be lengthy and difficult.

“Our investigators will spend a lot of time at the scene trying to recover every bit of that house as much as we can (to) reconstruct of the scene — to look at the gas outlets, the settings, any of the utilities. This is going to be a very deliberate investigation because we need to get to the bottom of what happened,” King said.



Tim Bryant

Tim Bryant hosts Classic City Today, 6-10 weekday mornings on 98.7FM & AM 1340 WGAU in Athens.

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