Explosion at Marine Corps Base in Coleville, CA

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Updated: 2/04/2012 12:54 pm
COLEVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- Military officials say the wife of a U.S. Marine died and a Navy corpsman and his wife were injured in a propane gas explosion outside a remote Northern California training base.

The officials were still not releasing the victims' identities Saturday morning, saying they were in the process of contacting next of kin.

The explosion happened around 9 p.m. Friday at a housing unit in the Mono County town of Coleville for the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. Seven residences were damaged and 38 families were evacuated.

Marine spokesman Capt. Nicholas Mannweiler said the families have not been cleared to return to their homes. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is investigating the explosion.
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SusieGross - 2/7/2012 12:02 PM
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My heart goes out to all the families affected by this tragedy. My husband was stationed there from 93 until he passed away in 96. The whole community really pulled together to show their support both during and after his illness. I moved away before properly thanking everyone. To those who see this post, I thank you for all the love and support you showed Chris and I during our time of challenge. Blessings to all.

Maggi - 2/4/2012 8:15 PM
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Thoughts and Prayers to out to the families at MWTC. We were stationed there from 94-98.

shawnR - 2/4/2012 4:56 PM
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Sorry, to hear about the Explosion and the death of a woman, I have very fond memories of Walker and Coleville. I would spend my summers and Holidays at Walker General Store in the sixties with the Smith family when they owned the store. Think about the good times often. So, sorry to hear about the explosion, do they know what happened.

purplesage - 2/4/2012 3:02 PM
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I live in in the topaz ranch estates area. A good 15 miles as the crow flies from Coleville and was woke up by load explosion and shock wave on house. I just thought it was an earthquake! I also live a block away from an East Fork Fire department (Douglas County) and never heard them respond, since they are the closest paid fire department to the incident... I guess they could have rolled put without sirens but thats not protocol. Also wonder why more people weren't recalled to the base. That is SOP for any emergency and many civilians that support the base operations didn't hear about the incident until they read it on facebook Saturday Morning. There are many fire, EMS and first responders that live in this community that had no idea what was going on. I heard some people say its the worse scene they ever been to. My prayers are with the the survivors, the families and friends of those who were injured and killed, and to all the responders and support people who either responded or continue to help sort out what happened and provide assistance to displaced families. Semper Fi.

Fyrewil - 2/4/2012 12:27 PM
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Very sad, thoughts and prayers out to the Families.

JulieD - 2/4/2012 10:03 AM
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My thoughts and prayers are with the Marine familes....we were stationed there from Oct 94 thru Oct 98.

juanchope - 2/4/2012 7:41 AM
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Stationed there from '94-'96. My thought and prayers to the Marines and their families. God bless and Semper Fi my brothers and sisters.

TeresaLynn - 2/4/2012 7:24 AM
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We (ex) were stationed there 1194-1998 My heart goes out to everyone involved and their families and the community! GOD BLESS

Autonomous - 2/4/2012 4:00 AM
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I was stationed there a while back and I know personally that the men and women Marines and family are some outstanding individuals. They are a very tight group which leaves me saddened by this news. My thoughts and prayers are with my brothers and sisters.

Libertyhound76 - 2/4/2012 3:34 AM
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I was born in Travis AFB, Fairfield, CA. I'm saddened by the accident and I prayed for all concerned, but I sure hope this doesn't turn out to be a "false flag" event/op. The powers that be have done alot of them, possibly, like 9/11.
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