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Two People Dead After Home Explosion

DAMASCUS TOWNSHIP — Crews are recovering two bodies in the rubble after an explosion at a home in Wayne County.

Two people were inside the house along the Delaware River when the explosion happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

It was a morning of searching for the cause of the explosion, and searching for two victims who have now been recovered.

Two bodies have been removed from the scene. The Wayne County coroner has not confirmed the identification of the victims but friends who saw them just minutes before the explosion say they have no doubt about who was inside that house.

Frank and Carol Kay spent summers in their home on River Road along the Delaware in Wayne County.

They had just returned from celebrating Frank Kay’s 75th birthday when something went terribly wrong.

From the New York side of the river, you can see the damage. The explosion and the fire that followed leveled the home along River Road in Damascus Township, just across the Delaware from Callicoon, New York.

People across the river felt the blast.

“All I heard was a great big explosion and it shook my house,” said Eva Wallace. “We thought it was fireworks at first and we turned around and saw the flames.”

It was a sad time for Andy Ray. He was with the couple who lived there just before the explosion. They were his friends, and had just returned from a fun Father’s Day and birthday celebration in Monticello.

“We all said ‘good night and I’ll see you tomorrow,’ and then the big explosion.”

It was an explosion so big, it leveled the home.

The home that exploded sat right on the Delaware River, so recovery teams and investigators had to search from above and below. They poked through the rubble once the flames were out and boats were launched in to the Delaware. It was clear debris was in the water. They wanted to know if one of the victims was there, too.

Barbara Manfra was part of Sunday night’s party.

“Everybody loves them, a very giving, very giving people. They’re going to be missed. “

Manfra said it’s shocking how someone could be beside you one minute, and gone the next.

State police investigators believe the blast was fueled by propane but have not officially determined the cause.

The Kays were well-known on both sides of the river, in New York State they owned the Callicoon Flea Market.

The couple was in the process of retiring and spending time with their seven grandchildren.

24 comments

  • Annette Roth

    Franklin & Carol Kay were my cousins. They visited me in Palm Springs, California this past winter. Carol learned horseback riding. They bought a horse and enjoyed riding. Carol more than Frank. I GREW UP WITH FRANKIE AS I CALLED HIM IN THE Bronx, NEW YORK, I WILL MISS THEM BOTH SO MUCH. CAROL WAS A RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER and very smart, I WILL MISS SHARING STORIES AND MEMORIES OF OUR PARENTS AND COUSINS. THEY WERE A VERY HAPPY COUPLE, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THERE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN

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  • Ramirez the great

    My wife’s family lives next door to frank and carol ,next door!!!!! I’m a fool to even comment on meth labs…. That is very sad!!!! You had to know them to really understand how nice they were to the people in callicoon,damascus…. How many people picked up an inflatable tube and floated down the Delaware that frank and carol had sold them? How many memories did they create? You just couldn’t have asked for better neighbors than the Kay’s ….what a loss ,not only for my friends and family but a community morns them.Yes they were selling the store which sounded sad when I heard the news but how they died will forever linger in my mind… At least they were together. The landscape has changed on river road and I pray for them and there family,Frank always stopped by for a beer at the campfire and he will be missed there…. He was an electrician in NYC for many years, just great people!!!!!!!!!

  • Angela

    I can’t believe my eyes. I was at the Flea Market yesterday and bought some things, and while I was browsing around my parents were talking to Frank about how they are so happy to move to Florida .. Consequently I was telling a friend of mine where I went and was trying to explain what the place looked like, cause of course it’s not the average flea market … And this article comes up.. I can’t believe what has happened. They were two genuine nice people who helped out Callicoon and Damascus.

  • Sue

    Shame on you. A wonderful couple just died. We have been friends for over 35 years, sharing good times and families. They had many years in front of the. I am horrified that anyone would mention drugs without knowing this couple..same with fracking. . You must be idiots

    • adriana

      Fracking has nothing to do with how nice the people were. It has to do with the location in which they LIVED in.

  • sha

    They just got back celebrating a bday. They own callicoon flea market. This is a not drug related story but tragic. I know their family.

  • nikki

    It wasn’t a meth lab!!! We we knew this couple we use to care for their dog at our kennel. They were also business owners in the local community,

  • Tracy Swendsen

    Meth lab? Really? This isn’t Scranton. Or wherever the heck else. This is a small community, guys. It was a wonderful elderly couple who owned a business and contributed regularly to the local community. It appears to be a gas explosion, but I can certainly attest to the fact that it was NOT a meth lab.

    • Unknown

      The meth lab in wayne county a few weeks ago was a small rural community. NOTHING like Scranton yet it still happened! Unfortunately times are changing.

      • Tracy Swendsen

        You are right. Meth labs can happen anywhere. But how ridiculous of a judgment is it for anyone to make who isn’t familiar with the are and subsequently the residents of the location. Assuming something makes no sense. Find yourself valid proof before you make an assumption about something so foul and ridiculous.

  • Jen

    its not a meth Lab the ppl that live there are in there 60’s owned a shop in callicoon.. up for sale because they wanted to spend more time with there grandchildren… very sad

    • There Their They're

      Learn the difference between “there” and “their”. Otherwise, you present yourself as a moron.

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    • PaCitizen

      It is so say that someone would automatically think that it was a meth lab. Did any of you happen to take into consideration that there could be a number of other reasons as well? Like gas lines for example? Don’t Judge!

    • sha

      This is tragic freak thing and their family is overwhelmed with grief. It’s not drug related. I knew them.

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