Coroner identifies victim in Gypsum explosion Monday |

Coroner identifies victim in Gypsum explosion Monday

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis Monday confirmed the identity of the person killed in a Sept. 17 home explosion in Gypsum. Patricia Ruiz Roe, 49, died in the blast.
John LaConte |

Patricia Ruiz Roe, 49, has been identified as the victim of a Sept. 17 home explosion in Gypsum. Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis on Monday confirmed Roe’s identity.

The explosion destroyed a home on Cottonwood Pass Road, and is believed to have been caused by a gas leak. The incident remains under investigation. The explosion prompted an evacuation of the Chatfield Corners neighborhood on the south end of town. Electric and gas service to the neighborhood were immediately shut down. Residents were allowed to return home Sept. 19 and utility service was restored house by house.

In the wake of the incident, the towns of Gypsum and Eagle halted underground boring work that’s part of Comcast’s installation of fiber optic lines in the towns. The boring work is believed to have caused the gas leak.

The investigation into the incident is being conducted by local, state and federal agencies including the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Colorado Department of Fire Prevention.

Agencies responding to the incident included Eagle County Sheriff’s Office; Gypsum Fire Protection District; town of Gypsum; Eagle River Fire Protection District; Greater Eagle Fire Protection District; Eagle County Paramedic Services; Avon Police Department; Vail Police Department; Eagle Police Department; Vail Mountain Search and Rescue; Colorado State Patrol; Colorado Department of Transportation; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control; Eagle County Government; American Red Cross; Salvation Army; Vail Public Safety Communications Center; Citadel Security; and Eagle County Schools.

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