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Man dies in East Brady building explosion

| Thursday, Oct. 25, 2007

EAST BRADY -- A man was trying to light a propane furnace in a building on his property when an explosion occurred, killing him, authorities said.

Henry Vasbinder, 74, of Sugarcreek Township, had recently remodeled and installed a propane furnace in the building, Armstrong County Coroner Robert T. Bower said.

Vasbinder and his wife smelled gas when they went to the property Wednesday afternoon, Bower said. Vasbinder's wife had gone to their house next door when she heard a loud explosion shortly after 2 p.m., authorities said.

Vasbinder's body was found several feet from the propane furnace, Bower said. The death was ruled an accident. The state police fire marshal is investigating.

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