Investigators seeking to pinpoint the cause of a natural gas explosion Monday that killed an elderly Irvington woman focused their attention yesterday on the gas stove that was found on top of her when rescue workers dug her body from the rubble.
"The stove is what we're interested in," said John A. Metzger, a spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
But investigators from both the utility and the Fire Department said the mound of debris that was once a two-story, brick row house at 321 Martingale Ave. was too unsteady for them to work in safely until some of the rubble was removed or shored up.
The blast that killed Marian Wilderson, 85, also injured two other residents of the quiet neighborhood. Moments before the explosion, neighbors had called the utility to report a strong odor of gas in the area.