Beatrice Hall was on the phone with a friend last month when the line went dead. An explosion rocked Hall’s Allentown home, killing Hall, 74, and four others. Her 79-year-old husband William was also killed. There was no mention during the conversation of a gas odor in the house.
A lawyer for the family says the Halls did not report noticing an order of gas before the explosion, the Associated Press reports. As relief checks begin going out to affected families, it’s becoming clear many were unaware of their fate even moments before the blast.