UPDATE: Wolfe County house explosion claims third victim


WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A third person has died after a house explosion in Wolfe County.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office says 80-year-old Albert Vanderpool died in the University of Kentucky Medical Center Monday.

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The coroner says Vanderpool died of hypoxic respiratory failure.

Authorities say Vanderpool, his wife Elizabeth, his daughter Linda, his son, 52-year-old Phillip Vanderpool and Phillip’s wife, 48-year-old Sueann Vanderpool were all in the home on Harvest Church Loop Road at the time of the explosion Saturday.

Phillip and Sueann Vanderpool were previously pronounced dead as a result of the blast.

Linda is still in the hospital, as of Tuesday night, with severe burns, mostly on her face.

Elizabeth was released from the hospital suffering from burns.

Another daughter, Brenda, was also there at the time of the explosion, but she was on the front porch and according to officials is without injury.

Two calls were made on Saturday from the home about the gas smell to 911 according to dispatchers.

Dispatchers say the house the exploded shortly after the second call.

According to the Wolfe County Emergency Management’s Facebook page, a gas company made repairs to a line on Monday.

On Tuesday Wolfe County Emergency Management updated the post saying the Troublesome Creek Gas Company shut off the supply line because of leaks detected and will be shut off until further notice.

The company is supposed to provide supplemental heating during the outage.

The cause of the explosion has not been determined.

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