STONY RIDGE, Ohio (AP) — Investigators are looking into whether a leaking liquid-propane tank sparked an explosion that leveled a home and left two people dead in northwest Ohio.
Troy Township Fire Chief Randy Woodruff says the cause of the blast early Tuesday is still unknown. But he says the focus of the investigation now is on a propane tank.
He says tank sits just outside the house and toppled over after the explosion.
Neighbors say the blast woke them up around 5 a.m. and they saw flames at the ranch-style home near the village of Stony Ridge, about 15 miles south of Toledo.
One man died after being taken to a hospital, and the body of a woman was found in the rubble about six hours later.
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An explosion leveled a home early Tuesday morning and rattled neighboring houses, leaving two people dead and three injured.
Neighbors said the blast woke them up around 5 a.m. and that they saw flames at the ranch-style home near the village of Stony Ridge, about 15 miles south of Toledo.
One victim died after being taken to a hospital, and a second body was found in the rubble about six hours after the explosion.
When emergency responders arrived, four people were found outside the house, the Wood County Sheriff's Office said. Five people — all of them adults — lived in the home. Neighbors said they were a man, his wife, their two sons and a fiance.
The explosion flattened the home and scattered pieces of it throughout the yard and up to a half-mile away, said Township Fire Chief Randy Woodruff. Piles of insulation, mattresses, window screens and a door littered the yard. All that was left standing was a basketball hoop along the driveway.
State and local investigators were trying to determine the cause.
Bob Lahey told The Blade newspaper in Toledo that he heard a loud boom and thought a plane had crashed. He said he helped carry one person out of the debris.
Jan Irsak, who lives across the street, said the explosion knocked items off the walls of her home.
"I just sat up in bed and thought 'What was that?'" she told The Sentinel-Tribune in Bowling Green.