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UPDATE: 3rd person dies after home explosion in western Kansas

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GARDEN CITY, Kan. — A third person has died following a home explosion last month in western Kansas.

The apparent natural gas explosion happened on June 28 at a home in Garden City. Spencer Unruh, 17, was found dead in the basement by rescue crews.

His 14-year-old brother, Riley, and mother, Kelly, were severely injured and transported to a Wichita hospital.

Riley died last week. The hospital now confirms that Spencer and Riley's mother, Kelly, passed away earlier this week.

A memorial fund has been established for the family to help cover expenses related to the explosion.

Mike Henry Family Memorial Fund
in care of Western State Bank
1500 E. Kansas Ave.
Garden City, Kansas 67846


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The community has come forward to help the family after a house explosion near Garden City.

A family member writes, "Spencer Unruh was tragically taken from this world by a natural gas explosion at his home in Garden City, KS on June 28, 2014. His mother, Kelly, and younger brother, Riley, were severly injured in the blast and were flown to a burn unit in Wichita, KS where they remain in critical condition. All donations will be given directly to the Mike Unruh family to assist in paying funeral and medical expenses."

You can see more on the campaign to help the family at the following link: http://www.gofundme.com/unruhfamilyaid

There will also be a fundraiser Saturday, July 5th at the Westlake Ace Hardware parking lot. The Wide-Awake 4-H Club is holding a bake sale; donations will be accepted at that location. The sale will go on from 7 a.m. to Noon.


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The Kansas Fire Marshal's Office is currently investigating the cause of a house explosion near Garden City.

Finney County Sheriff Kevin Bascue tells KAKE News that it happened on Saturday around 5:30 p.m. near Plymell Road. The sheriff reported that the home was occupied by a family of four.

A 17-year old Spencer Unruh was found dead in the basement of the home by firefighters and two other members of the family, his 14-year old brother Riley and the boys’ mother Kelly Unruh, were transported to Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita for treatment.

Both remain in critical condition according to hospital officials. The fourth member of the family, the father, was outside at the time of the explosion and was not injured.

The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time. Sheriff Bascue said he heard the explosion from his home, 10 miles away from the scene.


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