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Teen girl dies in home explosion officials say caused by propane leak

Families in a quiet Oklahoma City neighborhood were left in shock Thursday morning after the home of a family of four exploded, killing a teenage child.



a tent in a forest: A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


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A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“They are a sweet family — just the nicest people — and I’m heartbroken for them,” Patti Woodard, a neighbor of the family, told ABC News affiliate KOCO.



a group of people in a tent: A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.


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A home exploded, killing a teenager that lived there and injuring three others, as seen in an image posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department to their Twitter account on Sept. 24, 2020 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Investigators say that the cause of the explosion was a propane log lighter inside

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Posted in home improvement loans

Mnuchin and Powell back jobless aid and small business loans | WGN Radio 720

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testifies during the Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing examining the quarterly CARES Act report to Congress on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Thursday that the government’s top priorities in any new economic relief package should be to provide affordable loans to small businesses and further support for millions of Americans still unemployed.

With the prospects for any new federal aid package appearing dim, members of the Senate Banking Committee pressed both officials to list improvements that could be quickly made in the nearly $3 trillion in support that Congress has passed to fight the pandemic-induced

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TN Fireplace & Chimney provides fall safety tips ahead of National Fire Prevention Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TN Fireplace & Chimney, East Tennessee’s leading chimney care company and a proud supporter of Tennessee football, is speaking out on fall fireplace safety ahead of the National Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Prevention Week, which will be held Oct. 4-10.

“Obstructions and damaged equipment are leading factors in many chimney fires,” said Josh Cate, owner of TN Fireplace & Chimney. “Performance issues like smoke, a lack of ventilation or reduced heat output often indicate a serious safety risk. But most chimney fires are preventable, and a regular maintenance schedule will help homeowners keep their fireplace or stove running efficiently and safely.”

Cate and the TN Fireplace & Chimney team recommend the following safety tips for families planning to use fireplaces or stoves this year:

  • Burn only dry, seasoned firewood: Green, freshly cut wood is hard to ignite, smolders and
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    Natural Oak and Soft Daylight Define This Kitchen Renovation

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    A built-in oak banquette cleverly incorporates extra storage space.

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    In the United Kingdom, the term “mullet architecture” describes homes that appear traditional from the front and feature a modern extension in the back. This common occurrence is a result of strict conservation laws that aim to maintain the historical street view while allowing residents to renovate behind the facade. Local architects like George Bradley, director of London-based studio Bradley Van Der Straeten and host of Another Architecture Podcast, are all too familiar with these complicated rules. In order to update a typical Victorian terrace house, he and his team had to navigate an endless list of codes.

    The objective was to produce a spacious, light-filled kitchen without raising the low ceiling or exceeding height constraints on the boundary with the neighbor. To accomplish this, George imagined a sloped glass roof to top the side extension. On the interior, a

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    On my plate: If you can’t stand to wait, get into Douglas Stewart’s kitchen

    Growing up on the blustery shores of North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides, Douglas Stewart has always held a strong passion for the world-class produce found right on his doorstep.

    From herds of cattle that graze on heather speckled hills to shiny lobsters plucked from the fresh icy waters of the Atlantic, Douglas spent much of his early years learning why Hebridean food is so unique – and developed a devotion to Scottish produce that’s been passed down from generation to generation in his family.

    “My love of food really started with my dad,” explained Douglas. “He was a lobster fisherman, and I started off working weekends and whatnot with him.

    “I helped to process the week’s catch and send it off to customers, usually abroad. Working with him really sparked my interest in Scottish produce.

    “My grandfather was also a crofter. He ran a small croft of hill sheep,

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    How to pay for home improvements

    Whether you’ve been in your home for decades or just a few months, sometimes it needs a little extra love. But home improvement financing – from massive overhauls to little fixes – isn’t always available in your bank account. Luckily, you have a few different options to pay for home renovations if your cash flow is running low.



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    The best ways to pay for home improvements include:

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    1. Home improvement loans.
    2. Home equity lines of credit (HELOCs).
    3. Home equity loans.
    4. Mortgage refinances.
    5. Credit cards.
    6. Government loans.

    Should I finance my home renovation?

    How you pay for your home renovation depends on your financial situation and the size of the project. Saving up for a specific project and using those funds is the ideal way to pay for a home upgrade. However, that isn’t always possible. Emergency expenses and larger renovations can make

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    U.S. new home sales vault to near 14-year high in August

    FILE PHOTO: A new home is seen under construction in Los Angeles, California, U.S. July 30, 2018. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sales of new U.S. single-family homes increased to their highest level in nearly 14 years in August, suggesting the housing market continued to gain momentum even as the economy’s recovery from the COVID-19 recession appears to be slowing.

    The Commerce Department said on Thursday new home sales rose 4.8% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.011 million units last month, the highest level since September 2006. New home sales are counted at the signing of a contract, making them a leading housing market indicator.

    July’s sales pace was revised upward to 965,000 units from the previously reported 901,000 units. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast new home sales, which account for about 14% of housing market sales, slipping 1% to a rate of 895,000-units.

    The report

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    LDCPH moves clinic services for renovation project

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health is moving its clinic services temporarily to the building’s second-floor for a renovation project.



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    Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health says its clinic services will be temporarily moved to the second floor of the Community Health Facility at 200 Maine St. starting on Oct. 5 in order to accommodate a building renovation project.

    According to LDCPH, clinic services are currently provided on the first floor and include family planning, STD testing and counseling and immunizations. It said the clinic will be closed on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 for the move and will remain on the second floor until renovations on the first floor are finished.

    LDCPH said the almost $720,000 renovation project will include new floors, cabinets and paint in the 10,000 square foot building. It said the pharmacy and labs will get reconfigured cabinetry to

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    Wagner Metal Roofing & Remodeling committed to Safety & Customer Service – Press Release

    “The Team of Wagner Metal Roofing & Remodeling during their weekly safety briefing & training and discussing upcoming jobs.”

    Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling is a full-service construction company centrally located in Oakwood, OH. Brett Wagner created the company over 10-years ago to service the community with high-quality, ethical construction services. Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling just began with Brett Wagner and some friends working together in a shop. Since creating the business, Wagner and his team have flourished in numbers, services, and experience.

    Northwest Ohio’s Leading Metal Roofing Company

    Wagner Metals Roofing and Remodeling is rated the leading metal roofing company with the number one metal roofing contractors in Ohio. Metal roofing contractors employed at the construction company are certified by the Metal Construction Association to ensure premium performance. Although this construction company specializes in metal roofing, they offer various other services. From steel roofing and siding services to

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    Natural Oak Kitchen Cabinets and a Skylight Are the Stars of This Kitchen Renovation

    The before: With low ceilings and pale yellow, Shaker-style cabinets, the original kitchen was not intended for living. The tight, rectangular room was once a service quarter, so its layout was inefficient for modern use.

    The inspiration: “The clients were very keen that it be quite timeless, quite minimal, but quite classic, as well,” George recalls. “They loved the idea of the natural earthiness of the timber, but they didn’t want something that felt like a fad or sort of funky, so a lot of the design is quite ageless.”

    Square footage: 35 square meters (approximately 377 square feet)

    Budget: “For a typical extension like this, you would be looking at approximately £3,000 per square meter excluding taxes,” George estimates. That’s about $359 per square foot.

    A single, massive pivot door opens the kitchen up to the backyard.

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    Main ingredients: 

    Cabinet Fronts, Wall Cladding, Shelving, and Benches: Custom Natural

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