Winters Nursing Home Explosion
Seek Cause of Explosion That KiUed 4, Injured 7 At Harding Nursing Home PITTSTON, Pa. (AP) Investigators Investigators from Pennsylvania's mines department joined the search Friday for the cause of a nursing home explosion that killed four elderly women and injured seven other persons. Hearing for Three Reset for July 11 A hearing for three Hazleton residents residents charged with aggravated assault assault and battery and with surety of the peace has been continued until 4 p.m. July 11, according to City Magistrate James (Jay) Scar-cella. Scar-cella. Scar-cella. The hearing was set originally for 9 a.m. yesterday but was continued continued at the request of the three defendants, Ronald Hess, 113 W. Berner Ave.; Jerry Kmetz, 408 S. Poplar St.; and Emil Maskornick, 165 Thirlwell Ave. They are free on $5,000 bail bonds. The warrants for their arrest were sworn out by Paul Brown 3rd, Police said after Thursday night's blast they suspected natural natural gas seeping from a well was responsible. Residents of Exeter Township said they recently recently found traces of gas in drinking water and several nat ural gas wells have been drilled in the area. Killed when the blast wrecked the Winters Nursing Home in nearby Harding, were Mary Hit-chner, Hit-chner, Hit-chner, 82, Florence Tras, 67, Re-ba Re-ba Re-ba Tigus, 74, and Margaret Po-salock, Po-salock, Po-salock, 84. William Bell, 54, a repairman who was working in the basement basement of the two-story two-story two-story frame structure, was in critical condition condition at Pittston State Hospital. The other injured included Robert Winters, 38, the nursing home owner, his son. Robert Jr., 16, and four other women residents. They were reported in serious condition. They were the only ones in . the building when it was demolished, said police.