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Owner: Furnace may be cause of deadly blast
INDIANAPOLIS — The owner of one of the homes that exploded in Indianapolis said Monday that a problem furnace could be to blame for the blast that killed two people and damaged dozens of homes so severely officials say they must be demolished.
John Shirley, 50, of Noblesville, told The Associated Press that his daughter sent him a text message last week complaining that the furnace in the home where she lives with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend had gone out and required them to stay at a hotel.
But Mr. Shirley also said when he asked if the furnace had been fixed, his daughter said yes, and he wasn’t aware of any additional problems until he heard from his daughter again Sunday morning.
His ex-wife, Monserrate Shirley, declined to comment Monday.
A spokeswoman for Citizens Energy gas company said the utility didn’t receive any reports about a faulty furnace at the home.
College’s ox meat won’t be used for food
POULTNEY — An ox that lived on a Vermont college’s farm and was put down amid an outcry over the school’s decision to process it into meat will be not used for food.
Green Mountain College says that because the animal was receiving medication for an injury, the meat was not fit for human consumption.
The 11-year-old ox, named Lou, and another ox were retired this summer from the college’s farm. The school had planned to turn them into beef to be served in the college dining hall in keeping with the school’s emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
But some animal-rights activists had wanted the oxen spared and had found a sanctuary for them.
The college said Sunday that the injured ox was euthanized. The other ox will stay at the farm.
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