Curtis Allen Ronning and Christine Marie Debuff were killed in a March 5 propane explosion at their home in Ryegate, MT. According to KRTV.com, Debuff and Ronning, owners of the Ryegate Bar and Café, smelled gas when they returned home from grocery shopping in Billings. So, they shut off the supply, opened windows to air out the house and went to the café for a while. Shortly after they returned around 9 p.m., the explosion occurred, engulfing the mobile home, located at 105 Third Ave. W., in flames.
Two neighbors were injured trying to rescue them. Both sustained second-degree burns and had to be pulled from the home. They were taken to St. Vincent Healthcare in Billings where they were treated and released.
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A propane leak is the suspected source of the explosion. Golden Valley County Undersheriff Mark Olson told KRTV that many of the homes in Golden Valley County have furnaces and appliances that are powered by propane. The state fire marshal and the federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) agency are investigating.