Man accused of trying to blow up home

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) - A suspicious gas leak that happened in Middletown on Friday is still under investigation.

Detectives said the homeowner, Ivan English, is a registered sex offender. Police suspect he may have been trying to blow up his own house.

Firefighters said the gas appeared to have been left on intentionally.  They found candles lit when they went inside the home.

Neighbors were evacuated and no one was injured. Firefighters said it could have been a catastrophe; the gas could be smelled 2 blocks away.

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