A n elderly W hitesboro woman is dead after her home exploded on Saturday night.
N eighbors and people as far as five miles away heard the explosion at 24 Ablett Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Ada Tarnowski lived in the home, and a body has been recovered from the wreckage. The home is about five miles outside of Utica.
C rews are now checking to see if a gas smell reported in the area just before the blast may be to blame. Investigators are also trying to figure out where it started. On Sunday, crews were securing a nearby home which suffered damage.
Whitesboro Assistant Fire Chief Duane Evans says it's difficult to determine what happened because there's little left of the house except widely scattered debris.
T he state office of fire prevention and control is also helping with the investigation.