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Owner of Las Piedras house where explosion occurred is in critical condition

A 57-year-old woman whose Las Piedras residence was damaged when a gas tank exploded, was in critical condition on Sunday, according to island medical authorities. The woman’s husband died in the blast on Friday.

By John McPhaul

Janine Goldthorpe, the woman whose Las Piedras residence was damaged as a result of a gas tank explosion, is in critical condition, Jesús Vélez Rosado, director of press and communications for the Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration, confirmed over the weekend.

“The patient, a 57-year-old female, of English nationality, suffered serious burns in an explosion of what apparently was the gas tank of the dryer,” Vélez Rosado said in a written statement. “She has second-degree burns.”

Vélez Rosado added that the woman’s condition is “delicate” but refrained from giving further details, citing confidentiality.

The woman was receiving treatment in the Stabilizing Unit at Río Piedras Medical Center.

In the mid-afternoon on Friday, Rescue, Fire and Emergency Management personnel removed the body of Goldthorpe’s husband, Eliezerth Seda, from the residence in the Mansiones de Los Artesanos Urbanization in Las Piedras.

Acting Bureau of Emergency Management and Disaster Administration Commissioner Nino Correa Filomeno said the percussive effect of the explosion caused damage to the doors and windows of nearby houses, and other damage to housing structures.

The explosion was of such magnitude that it was heard in nearby municipalities such as Juncos, San Lorenzo and Gurabo, Correa Filomeno said.

On Saturday morning debris from the explosion could be seen. Pieces of cement blocks, among other debris, covered the street and sidewalks near the house, which collapsed in parts of the second level.

The fire marshal, along with federal agencies and the police, emergency management and firefighters bureaus, are investigating.

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