Woman killed in Johnson County home explosion

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The body of a 62-year-old woman was found amid the rubble of a three-story home Sunday after an explosion that rattled parts of Johnson and Hill counties late Saturday night.

Wanda Buckley Davis was killed when her log cabin-style home in the 6600 block of East Farm Road 917 west of Grandview was flattened, Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford said.

The explosion was first reported at about 10:58 p.m. Saturday. Alford said neighbors began searching the area and discovered that a house had been destroyed.

Photos provided by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department show that little is left of the home except bits of insulation and a crumbling foundation.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined that the explosion was likely caused by a propane leak ignited by water heaters in the basement of the three-story home, Alford said.

Foul play is not suspected.

At first, authorities reported that no one was injured, but shortly after noon Sunday, Davis’ body was discovered inside what was left of the home.

Davis’ husband, Gary Wagoner, was in North Carolina for work when the blast occurred and was en route to Texas on Sunday, Alford said.

Dispatchers received calls from as far as Keene, Cleburne and Rio Vista reporting an explosion.

Grandview is about 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

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