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1 killed, 1 hurt in garage explosion in southwest Colorado

Posted at 4:37 PM, Oct 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-12 18:37:49-04

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was killed and a man was injured in an explosion and fire that destroyed a garage and damaged a home in southwest Colorado.

The Durango Herald reports 72-year-old Fred Phillips, of Shreveport, Louisiana, was pulled from the perimeter of the burning structure after Friday evening's blast at a subdivision in Archuleta County. The woman, whose name has not been released, was found dead in the debris Saturday morning.

Undersheriff Derek Woodman says Phillips suffered "severe burns and other related trauma" and is listed in critical condition in a Denver-area hospital. Investigators have not said what caused the blast, but Woodman says foul play is not suspected.

According to county records, Phillips bought the property in 2007 for $1 million.