House explosion leaves 2 dead in New Jersey, authorities release identities

“We heard this explosion, which I had thought was thunder.”

Tim Jimenez
July 07, 2018 - 8:22 am
Gloucester County House Explosion

Tim Jimenez/KYW Newsradio


NEWFIELD, NJ. (KYW Newsradio) -- Officials say two people were killed when an explosion ripped apart a home in Gloucester County, New Jersey.

It happened around 6:15 a.m. Saturday along the 300 block of Oakwood Drive in Newfield.

“We heard this explosion, which I had thought was thunder,” said neighbor Tracy Fifer.

It wasn’t thunder, but the sound of a home being blown apart. Pieces of the house and what was in it blew around the neighborhood. There was a mattress found in a tree and insulation on front lawn. Everyday items, like sheet music and playing cards, were scattered on the street.

“Their whole life is just blown apart and it’s all over the neighborhood, and it’s so sad," Fifer said. "They’re such nice people.” 

Officials have now released the couple's identity as 73-year-old John Paladino and his wife 72-year-old Carole Paladino. 

Autopsies on the couple are scheduled for Sunday, according to police.

Gas is believed to be the cause of the explosion, but the incident remains under investigation.

Officials said no foul play was suspected.