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February 6, 2012
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Families returning home after Coleville base housing blast

More than half of the residents of the Mountain Warfare Training Center base housing area in Coleville have returned to their homes after safety inspections revealed they were inhabitable.

Of the 38 families that were displaced by a deadly propane explosion, all but 18 families have returned to their homes. The homes of 11 families were rendered uninhabitable by the Friday night blast due to structural damage or foundation damage. Eleven homes were coincidentally unassigned in the housing area and those impacted families have received the keys to their new homes. The remaining seven families will return based on their individual timelines and needs.

Of the two injured people from the accident, the service member being treated at Renown Medical Center, has been released from the hospital and has united with their family member still in critical condition at University of Calif., Davis Medical Center. Representatives of the command were dispatched to aid the family of Lori Hardin, who was killed in the blast, and the family of the two injured people within hours of the explosion.

At a town hall meeting, Col. Phillip W. Chandler said the propane distribution system passed pressure tests throughout the night and each house was checked sequentially to ensure no gas leaks were detected.

The logistical efforts are underway for teams of Marines to begin moving each family into their new home. Insurance policies covering each home in the neighborhood will ensure that all damages and losses are covered at no expense to the families occupying them. The members of the community are banding together during this difficult time to ensure the well-being of each member of the command family. We will keep faith with our Marines, sailors and their families. Marines take care of their own.

To provid the MWTC commanding officer with Marine Corps level support for his efforts, Maj. Gen. Raymond C. Fox, commanding general, Training and Education Command, is on scene. Brig. Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations West, will conduct a visit of the site today.

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The Record Courier Updated Feb 6, 2012 01:35PM Published Feb 6, 2012 09:32AM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.