Woman killed when explosion and fire rip through Roslyn home

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ROSLYN, Wash. — A woman in her 70s was killed in an explosion and fire that happened in Roslyn Thursday morning, according to the City of Roslyn Fire Department Association.

Roslyn firefighters were called to the home in the 200 block West Montana Avenue at 7:30 a.m.

The home burned to the ground and multiple others were damaged.

Rick Hughes and his wife April live across the street.

They said moments earlier, they smelled gas and were trying to figure out where it was coming from.

“My wife came in from starting the car this morning saying that she was smelling propane strongly. So I went out, started to come out to investigate to see what was going on, and I was just about to come through the door when the house exploded,” said Rick Hughes. “It was so bad it shook the house. We got glass up on the sidewalk of the house. It was just like a big bomb.”

He said he and another neighbor ran over, and the woman was responsive at first, but they couldn’t get to her because of the flames.

Though initial reports point to some type of propane explosion as the cause of the fire, it remains under investigation by the Kittitas County Fire Marshal.