One dead, two others burned in Coleville explosion, fire


The wife of a Marine gunnery sergeant was killed Friday night in a propane explosion and fire at a housing complex near the Mountain Warfare Training Center in Coleville, authorities said.
Lori Hardin, 31, of Hudson, Iowa, was killed Friday night in an explosion and fire at the housing complex at Coleville in Mono County. Hardin's husband, Gunnery Sgt. Greg Hardin, 34, of Tuolumne, Calif., and the couple's two children were not injured.
Two other residents of the housing complex suffered burns, one of them seriously. One was airlifted to a hospital in Reno and has been treated and released. The other was airlifted to the burn unit at the UC Davis hospital in Sacramento and remains in critical condition.
Their names were not released.
The 111-unit complex provides housing for the families of Marines assigned to the training center.
By Monday afternoon 20 families have been cleared to return to their homes at the complex.
Eleven of the evacuated families have been given new homes in the complex because their homes were rendered uninhabitable by the blast and resulting fire. Housing for seven families still displaced will be made available, Marine officials said.