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Butler County home destroyed in explosion

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By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Only bits and piece are left of a Wayne Twp home, after it's leveled to the ground, just hours after the homeowners leave for vacation.

Crews responded to the 4200 block of Oxford Middletown Road around 9 a.m., at least four fire departments responded on the scene, but there were no injuries. Neighbors reported feeling the explosion up to a half mile away.

"Boom that big one, that's how it sounded," said Lois Frasher, a neighbor.

 
Shortly after that boom, neighbors walked out to see the aftermath, no longer a home, but simply a hole in the ground filled with damage and debris.
 
"And it was solid a blaze and big, black mushroom up above, and it just kept blowing up, and blowing up," Frasher said.
 
A charred car still sits in what used to be a garage,  a washer and dryer and a piles of bricks, now just rubble of what used to be a happy home.
 
 
"Was very glad to hear that they weren't home and then our second thought went to, were the animals in the house," said Sherri Radovich, who lives next door.
 
Firefighters say a propane gas explosion was the origin of the blaze inside the structure.
 
"It's possibly some type of a leak on an appliance or a line for some reason that began to leak,  and the structure fills up with propane, and then gets an ignition source," said Capt. Darrell Yater of the Wayne Twp. Fire Dept.
 
Because of the depth of the damage, the fire captain says there is no official cause of the explosion, because it would be impossible to dig through all of the debris to find what caused the spark that ignited the explosion.
 
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