Casey Clontz and Keegan Clontz Wiki, Bio, Age, Family, Plum House explosion victims identified

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Casey Clontz and Keegan Clontz Wiki – Casey Clontz and Keegan Clontz Biography

Casey Clontz, 38, and her son Keegan Clontz, 12, lived just four houses away from the property that exploded Saturday in Plum at 10:22 a.m. Authorities confirmed that five people, including a child, were killed in the blast and two neighboring properties were destroyed. Terrifying footage showed a house on Rustic Ridge Road exploding, causing other properties to catch fire. The cause of the explosion is currently unclear, but the house was located on top of an abandoned mine. A GoFundMe has been set up for the Oravitz family, who lived on the property that was destroyed in the blast, though it is unclear if any of them are among the dead.

Paying tribute to the father and son, the family said Casey was a “loving father, husband and brother”, adding that Kegan was a “devoted son, friend, and big brother”. Casey leaves behind his wife Jen and his daughter Addie, 10, with the family adding: “Their smiles and laughter from her filled the hearts of her family and friends with a joy that can never be replaced.” Family members did not say why the father and son were on the Oratvitz property, but explained that it was not uncommon for them to stop by because they were “very friendly” with the neighbors. Public records show that Paul Oravitz, 56, his wife Heather, 51, and his two children, Taylor and Cole, lived on the property. Official identification of the dead is expected to take some time, as it will involve the use of dental records and DNA for formal identification. Three people were rescued from the blast, two have been released from the hospital and one remains in critical condition. Fifty-seven firefighters were treated at the scene for minor problems after a struggle by the emergency services to reach the scene.

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Age

Casey Clontz, 38, and her son Keegan Clontz 12 years old.

After the explosion

A third family was left homeless after the explosion, and neighboring properties were completely destroyed by fire after the explosion. Harrison Smith, 35, his wife Kelly, 36, and his son Levi, 3, lost their entire home in the blast. Friends have since created a GoFundMe for the couple, raising $30,800 of a goal of $50,000 so far. City Manager Mike Thomas, 57, owned the third property that caught fire, according to Plum Mayor Harry Schlegel. Mayor Schlegel confirmed that Thomas’s wife, Jacqueline, 48, and her daughter were taken to hospital after the explosion. He added that a man who lives in a neighboring house was airlifted to UPMC Mercy for treatment in the hospital’s burn unit.

Investigation report

Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of the blast as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday, adding that the investigation into the blast could take years.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection recommends that people living above the mine on Rustic Ridge Road obtain insurance for their properties due to risks associated with underground structures. Rescuers reported people trapped under the rubble, county spokeswoman Amie Downs said. Crews from at least 18 fire departments worked to put out the flames with the help of water tankers from Allegheny and Westmoreland counties. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office is expected to provide additional information on the deceased victims. Michael Huwar, president of Peoples Gas, said the company’s checks for airborne and underground gas leaks, as well as constant pressure verified at regulating stations, indicated that “our system was working as designed.”¬†Gas and electric service was shut off as a precaution, and officials said Sunday a plan was in place to begin restoring service with electric power expected to be returned to all but a few residences, officials said. Governor Josh Shapiro said he and the first lady were ‘praying for the families’ affected and promised them that ‘as you rebuild, we will have your back.’

Emergency services were called to Rustic Ridge Drive and Brookside Drive at about 10:23 am on Saturday morning and discovered people trapped under debris, while two others were engulfed by flames, police said. First responders arriving on the scene were met with a massive inferno that had created a large plume of thick, black smoke at the scene. Several homes were flattened in the incident with aerial footage showing at least three empty lots where homes once stood and multiple properties with broken windows and exterior damage. Allegheny and Westmoreland counties sent water tankers to the scene and 18 different fire departments coordinated to put out the flames and conduct rescue operations.

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