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Cleveland explosion levels three homes, damages 16 others

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland Firefighters are on  scene in the city's eastside Wednesday morning after a vacant house explosion leveled three homes and caused damage to nearly 20 others.

"I heard a big boom," said one resident of Federal Drive, where the explosion occurred. "It woke everybody up. Shook the house."

"I had to come down my driveway and I saw an extremely large cloud of smoke," said a displaced resident. "I asked my neighbors, who were running down there, and they said that a house exploded and caught on fire. And -- I went down to see if anybody needed anything."

At least ten people sustained injuries in the blast. The condition of the victims remains unknown at this time.

The explosion happened just after 8 a.m. in the 1700 block of Federal Drive and E. 177th Street. Officials have completely shut down the area. 

The location where the explosion occurred completely leveled the area. Homes on both sides of the explosion site are severely damaged and 16 others homes in the area are also damaged.

Dominion Gas officials are on scene and are reporting additional gas leaks in the neighborhood. The evacuation radius has been expanded even further.

The blast was felt as far away as Maple Heights and Gates Mills.

An officer on scene tells WOIO that this is a "catastrophe." Residents living in several of the homes on fire have been removed.

The American Red Cross is on scene helping those displaced residents.

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