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3-year-old girl dies days after house explosion killed her father

WYATT, Missouri — A 3-year-old Missouri girl has died from injuries sustained in a gas explosion that killed her father and injured her mother, two siblings and five other relatives, authorities said Thursday.

The family’s home in the southernmost Missouri town of Wyatt caught fire Monday and the girl was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for treatment. Wyatt is about 175 miles (280 kilometers) northwest of Nashville.

Tennessee officials notified the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office Thursday of the girl’s death, Sheriff Captain Barry Morgan said. He declined to release his name but identified his father as Corey Coleman, who died immediately after the explosion.

He said the girl’s mother and her 6-month-old sister are in critical condition and fighting for their lives. The girl’s one-year-old brother, several cousins ​​and an adult relative are also hospitalized in stable condition.

Morgan said the source of the explosion was narrowed down to two propane-powered appliances – a stove and a water heater. But he said the explosion was so severe that investigators were unable to determine who was to blame.

“It’s 100% pure accident,” he said, explaining that foul play and drugs were ruled out. “Just a freak accident.”