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Published: Wednesday, 10/6/2004

Man in critical condition after explosion in barn

VAUGHNSVILLE, Ohio - A Putnam County man who was injured in an explosion at his burning barn Monday evening remained in critical condition yesterday in St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo.

Ralph Miller, 78, was badly burned in the explosion, which occurred on the east side of the barn, where Putnam County Sheriff's deputies said various fuel tanks were located.

Mr. Miller and a passer-by, who spotted smoke coming from the barn on County Road Q about 6:30 p.m., removed some items from the barn until firefighters arrived.

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