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California explosion claims Hudson native's life


A propane explosion near a Marine Corps housing unit in California has killed an eastern Iowa native.  31-year-old Lori Lewis Hardin was a native of Hudson and graduated from UNI.  Her husband was stationed at the nearby Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Hardin lived in Hudson with her two sons, ages two and four, while her husband was deployed last year. 

Family members say that the ceiling of Hardin's bedroom collapsed on top of her following the explosion around 9 p.m. Friday.  Her husband and children were on the opposite side of the home and survived the blast.  But two neighbors were seriously injured and several homes were damaged.  Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the explosion.

"We just had a funeral six weeks ago for her grandfather.  And now, to lose somebody so young, is just shocking to us.  We don't know how to deal with this.  The love and support of everybody around us is helping, and we're pulling together as a family," said Cara Johnson, Hardin's aunt.

Family members say Lewis-Hardin was a smart, ambitious young woman who lived life to the fullest. 

Funeral services are still pending.  Arrangements will be made with Parrot-Wood Funeral Home and Ascension Lutheran Church in Waterloo.

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