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Buckingham House Explosion Victims Invited To State Of Union

Feb 5, 2020
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BUCKINGHAM TOWNSHIP, PA — Two members of the Buckingham family whose house was destroyed in an explosion last month have been invited to be Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick's guests at the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C.

Michael and Joey Mignogna of Buckingham have been invited as Fitzpatrick's guests to the 2020 State of the Union address, which is scheduled for Tuesday. The Mignogna family lost the home they share with parents Katie and Vince in the explosion on Jan. 14.

Both boys are Central Bucks School District students and their mother is a teacher in the district.

No one was home at the time of the explosion, and the boys were not injured. However the tragedy "erased a lifetime of memories, belongings, and their home of seventeen years," Fitzpatrick said in announcing the invitation.

The explosion was caused by a propane leak, local investigators determined. 

According to information following an investigation by the Buckingham Fire Marshal and the Buckingham Police Detectives, the explosion was caused by an accidental ignition of a propane leak in the home's basement.

An online fundraising campaign to support the family has since raised more than $70,000.

"What happened to the Mignognas can only be described as tragic. After hearing their story, I knew I had to do whatever I could to bring attention to them and provide any relief to Michael and Joey that I could during this difficult time," said Rep. Fitzpatrick. "I am incredibly proud of the way that our community has rallied around the Mignogna family, and seeing the amount of support they have received does not surprise me one bit."

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