A devastating house explosion in Berlin, Massachusetts, killed 79-year-old Judith Christensen and sent her daughter Jill to the hospital. When fire crews arrived at the scene early Friday morning, the blast had leveled the Christensens’ house on Pleasant Street. Judy and Jill were inside sleeping when their house exploded. Sadly, Judy died at the scene. Neighbors acted quickly to rescue Jill, who was trapped underneath a section of the roof. The Berlin Fire Chief told CBS News Boston that the neighbors acted “heroically” to save her life. Jill was transported to UMass Medical with non-life-threatening injuries.
An investigation is underway. Fire investigators suspect the explosion was caused by a propane or natural gas leak. Officials say a gas company was at the house inspecting the propane system in the days leading up to the explosion.
Judy and Jill were well-known in their community. A Go Fund Me page that was set up to support the Christensen family says, “If you live in Berlin or the surrounding towns, you most likely have a great story about Judy.” Judy worked at the Berlin General Store for two decades, where she was known for her upbeat personality.
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