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February 5, 2012
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Mother of two identified as victim in Coleville propane blast

A 31-year-old Iowa woman was identified as the person killed in a propane explosion at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center Base Housing on Friday night.

Lori Hardin, 31, of Hudson, Iowa, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the explosion and was pronounced dead at the scene by Mono County paramedics, according to a statement issued by the Marines.

Hardin is survived by her husband, Gunnery Sgt. Greg G. Hardin, 34, of Tuolumne, Calif. He serves aboard the installation as a public works planner. The couple has two children. Sgt. Hardin and the children did not sustain injuries.

Two other people were injured in the blast and were life-flighted to area hospitals. One person was taken to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nev., for treatment of burns and has been released. The second person remains in critical condition at University of Calif., Davis Burn Center. Their names have not been released.

The cause of the blast is still under investigation with collective efforts by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, CAL FIRE, the Mono County Sheriff's Department and Mountain Warfare Training Center authorities.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 6, 2012 09:26AM Published Feb 5, 2012 11:32AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.