Richard Giarla, Julie Giarla injured in Maine propane tank explosion, fire

9:30 PM, Apr 30, 2012   |    comments
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LEBANON, Maine (AP/KSDK) - A St. Charles County husband and wife were hospitalized with burns when a propane tank explosion that could be felt up to 10 miles away burned their camper at a southern Maine campground.

Lebanon Rescue Assistant Chief Jason Cole said crews were called to the Salmon Falls River Camping Resort in Lebanon shortly after 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Julie Giarla was flown to Maine Medical Center in Portland with serious burns. Her husband, Richard Giarla, was taken to Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.H.

Cole said a second propane tank exploded while crews were there, and that a second camper was also destroyed.

Cole said the couple arrived at the campground Friday.

The state fire marshal's office is investigating.

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