Two people – including a woman who had been suffering from illness for nearly two years – were killed on Saturday in their home in Gloucester County in an early-morning explosion the cause of which has yet to be determined, authorities said.  No fouling is suspected, the Procuratorate of Gloucester County said.
A friend identified the dead as John and Carole Palladino.
"Only good people," Wayne Ingling said of the couple as he was standing straight down the street from their house, now rubble. It's a really bad scene up there. "
Ingling from Vineland said Carol was a retired school nurse from Millville Public Schools; John worked part-time at the DeMarco-Luisi Funeral Home in Vineland and took care of his wife, friends said.
Neighbors said the Palladinos had a new oven delivered on Friday. It could not be determined early Saturday, when officials believe the explosion is related to the installation of this device. South Jersey Gas has shut down the service for homes in the area, including Francesca Mancusos.
She lives about 50 feet from the Palladino home and remembered waking up to a sound that sounded like thunder. What she saw as she walked to the window was terrifying.
"It was a huge fireball, a huge fireball," said Mancuso, 31
Eric Miller, 20, heard and felt the explosion from four blocks away.
"I thought something had gone into the house," he said.
The damage in the neighborhood was great. A house next to the Palladino property was damaged by heavy debris and a mobile home was knocked on its side. Pink insulation was everywhere, including hanging from a catenary.
Damage to a neighboring house after an explosion shook the 300 block of Oakwood Avenue in Newfield, New Jersey and killed two early Saturday, July 7, 2018.
A Christmas card from Palladino fluttered on a lawn in the street. It was signed, "Your only one, John,"
The explosion was reported at 6:15 am on Saturday at the 300 block of Oakwood Avenue in Newfield, the authorities said. Involved in the investigation with the prosecutor are the Gloucester County Fire Marshal, the County Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey State Police Arson / Bomb Unit, the State Division of Fire Safety, the Federal Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Franklin Township Police Department, which patrols neighboring Newfield.
Photos quickly appeared on Twitter with massive rubble.
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Paul Vidal, 10, was next door to his grandmother Marlene Rambone. Their windows had been blown in, a wall was leaning and the "whole kitchen was destroyed," said Paul's mother, Audra Manasco. Red Cross officials said the family could not stay there tonight or until the house was structurally sound.
"I looked up at him, he was so nice, if he hurt you, he would help you," Paul said about John Palladino.
Paul and his family planned to spend the day in the Palladino backyard basin, which is now torn apart.
"Thank God it did not happen while we were out there," Manasco said.
Eric Fry, 48, lives in the next street and grew up with Palladino children Tony and Sue.
"When I ran over it, it was on fire," said Fry. "The fire was pretty level ground. It was a two-story house, and I think it was leveled immediately.
Late Saturday morning, he collected old children's drawings, birthday cards, and sheet music scattered throughout the explosion in case Palladino's children wanted something their parents should remember
Published:  July 7, 2018 – 8:55 AM EDT