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Retired school nurse, killed in earthquake explosion

A deadly early morning explosion that wiped out a two story house and killed a couple of shy people from their beds as much as a mile and a half away and sent waves of shock and sadness through the small community of Newfield. [19659002] "It breaks your heart," says Wayne Ingling, a friend of the couple living in nearby northern Vineland. "These are people who went to bed last night like everyone else and they must not wake up today."

John, 73 and Carole Paladino, 72, were the only people inside Oakwood Drive home when it exploded around 6:15, the authorities said. Autopsies Sunday should determine the exact cause of death.

The authorities said the cause of the explosion is still determined, but they do not suspect foul games. The call came in as a gas explosion and the gas was temporarily suspended for housing in the area.

Ingling, a volunteer fireman in Vineland, said he could not believe the destruction he saw when he reached the place where the Paladino House used to be, not long after the blast. There was no house, and litter was scattered as far as the eye could see.

"It just looked like ground zero. Mattress shares in wires and trees. Windows blown out of the other houses," he said. A neighbor found a Christmas card, he said, and someone else found a Medicare letter.

Photographs of the scene showed a thick layer of walls over the property, insulation hanging from trees, pieces of walls lying in a pool and junk scattered on the neighbor's farm and trampoline. A Daily Journal video showed the smoking team.

Ingling said he had known Carole Paladino for about 50 years, because they were in the same class at Vineland High School. He said she continued to become a nurse and then quit a school nurse at Millville Public Schools, where he also worked for retirement.

They were not close to friends, but would stop talking when school work landed them in the same building. He described her as friendly and well-behaved in the school district.

He said she used to teach Catholic religious education at a local Catholic school.

He met John Paladino when they played baseball together as teenagers. Recently, John Paladino worked part-time at DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home in Vineland, says Ingling.

"He always had a smile on his face, even in trial times, did that job," he said. "If he saw me cutting the grass, he would pull the car in the driveway and come and talk."

Ingling said that paladinos had children and grandchildren.

Although they live about one and a half miles from Paladinos, Ingling's wife Maryanne was awakened by the explosion. She called him, she said, wondering if the shot she knew was because he had fallen.

"We went up and watched and we thought there could have been a car accident because we heard sirens," said Ingling. He listened to his Vineland fire radio but could not handle the details of what had happened. Then his daughter called him and told him to turn on the TV, acknowledge Paladino's home at home on the news.

"They were good people," says Ingling.

Speculating about a possible gas explosion, neighbors told Philly.com that the couple had a new stove delivered Friday.

South Jersey Gas spokeswoman Marissa Travaline told the news site that tool workers arrived within 20 minutes of explosion and shut down service to 1

5 homes while emergency workers were working to get

Firemen from several cities responded on the explosion alongside Franklin Township Police, which policy Newfield, a state police fire brigade bombardment and the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco

Associated Press material was used in this story.

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