Henry County home explosion kills one, hurts one
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:53

LIBERTY CENTER, Ohio (AP) — An explosion leveled a home in northwest Ohio on Wednesday, killing a woman and injuring a man and spreading debris around a quarter-mile area.

The explosion occurred around 7:30 a.m. in Liberty Township, about 30 miles southwest of Toledo.

"It looked like the house got hit by a tornado, although you can tell it's an explosion from the debris field," said Tracy Busch, director of the Henry County Emergency Management Agency. "There's just nothing left."

Busch said the injured man was taken by helicopter to a Toledo hospital. The names of the victims and the man's condition were not immediately available.

The cause of the explosion had not been determined, but investigators from the state fire marshal's office were on the scene in the township near Liberty Center, Busch said.

No other injuries were reported, but homes on either side of the house had structural damage and their residents were evacuated, Busch said. He said those homes appeared to have been shifted from their foundations.

Wednesday's explosion comes about a week after another house explosion in northwest Ohio killed two people and injured three.

Investigators were looking into whether a leaking liquid propane tank caused the Sept. 17 fire in Troy Township near the village of Stony Ridge, about 15 miles northeast of Bowling Green.

One man died after being taken to a hospital, and the body of a woman was found in the rubble about six hours after that explosion.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:55

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