• Authorities continue investigating fatal Beaver County home explosion


    SOUTH BEAVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Several days have gone by and investigators are still working to figure out exactly what caused a Beaver County home to explode early Tuesday morning, killing the couple inside.

    Ray Trautvetter, 74, and 69-year-old Janet Trautvetter were killed in the blast that occurred around 4 a.m. Tuesday at their Louthan Road home in South Beaver Township.

    On Friday, crews were seen removing a propane tank from the rubble. It was one of the only things that wasn’t damaged.

    Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewivz reported the Trautvetters had recently purchased a new stove and Ray Trautvetter installed it himself.

    Investigators told Marcinkiewicz that the stove may have been hooked up improperly, causing it to leak.

    The fire marshal also confirmed to Channel 11 News that the couple had installed a propane furnace last fall, consolidating four smaller tanks to one large outdoor tank that can hold up to 500 gallons of propane.

    Police said the couple never reported problems with the new service.


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