New Milford house explosion ruled accidental - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New Milford house explosion ruled accidental

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Connecticut State Police released new information Tuesday about a deadly house explosion in New Milford last year.

Investigations said the massive explosion was caused by an abandoned, open gas line that was not properly capped after a gas dryer was removed nine years ago.

Officials said the gas line valve was inadvertently opened during the installation of a hot water heater and some other upgrades, allowing gas to flow freely in the basement area.

Anthony Fratino was killed and homeowner John Wilkinson and his son were seriously injured when they went to investigate the odor of gas.

The cause was ruled an accident and no charges will be filed.

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