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Tyrone victim killed by blast

Deputy coroner says Hunsicker likely died immediately

The woman killed in Tyrone on July 26 when a gas leak caused an explosion and fire died from the explosion, not the fire, the Blair County Coroner’s Office has ruled.

“Injuries from the blast” killed Anna L. Hunsicker, 83, said Deputy Coroner Samantha Kimberling.

It’s likely Hunsicker’s death was instantaneous, Kimberling said, based on last week’s autopsy.

Reports from people at a restaurant next door that a woman was screaming from Hunsicker’s house after the explosion — the fire started a few minutes afterward — were mistaken, according to Kimberling.

Based on information discussed with Tyrone Interim Police Chief Jessica Walk, who is also a deputy coroner, those screams actually came from the next house over, authorities believe, Kimberling said.

That next house caught fire quickly after Hunsicker’s house became an inferno, but a man and his granddaughter escaped without serious injury.

The man was carried out in a wheelchair.

Several agencies are investigating what happened that day, which appears to have been connected to a waterline replacement project in the borough.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 814-949-7038.

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