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Josh Powell, 2 kids killed in explosion

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Officials say an explosion at a home in Washington killed Josh Powell and his two young sons.

Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Franz tells The Associated Press that explosion occurred moments after a Child Protective Services worker brought the two boys to the home for a supervised visit.

Flames were reported coming from the house around 12:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon near the intersection of 182nd Street and 84th Avenue.

Franz says Josh Powell let the boys into the house, then prevented the social worker from entering. The social worker called her supervisors to report that she could smell gas, and the home exploded moments later.

Powell's wife, Susan, disappeared in Dec. 2009 when they lived in Utah. Last year, Josh Powell lost custody of his two sons. The children had been living with Susan Powell's parents.

Josh Powell was in custody battle with his wife's parents over the children. At a custody hearing earlier this week, a judge ruled the two boys would remain in the custody of Susan's parents, but he would get visitation rights. The judge also ruled Powell would have to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.

Sheriff deputies say they don't believe anyone else was in the home at the time.

Copyright (c) 2012 - All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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