Natural gas leak caused north Toledo home explosion - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Natural gas leak caused north Toledo home explosion

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Columbia Gas has confirmed that a natural gas leak was the cause of a home explosion in north Toledo Thursday afternoon.

Fire crews were called to a home on Huron Avenue near Bush Street in north Toledo just after 1 p.m. Thursday on a report of a fire. When crews arrived there was no fire, but the home was collapsed. Debris covered the area. The front door was found across the street.

"Just heard a big boom," said neighbor Craig Baldwin. "All of a sudden, all you heard was a big explosion...Whole house blew to smithereens."

The home is a rental property owned by United North, but was unoccupied at the time of the collapse. The most recent resident moved out only last week.

"We were told that there was some vandalism that happened," said Terry Glazer of United North. "We don't know if somebody disconnected a gas line or was trying to steal a furnace."

The Toledo Fire Department ordered a crane to the scene to remove wreckage to determine whether anyone was in the house, after it was suspected there may have been a squatter, but no one was found.

Neighboring homes received some damage, as well, and residents are staying elsewhere for the night.

"Soon as I got to the top of the stairs, it knocked me down and blew me back," said Bobbi Lipkins.

The American Red Cross is providing food, clothing and shelter to Lipkins and eight other neighbors affected by the blast.

Copyright 2013 Toledo News Now. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    Saturday, February 24 2018 11:15 PM EST2018-02-25 04:15:38 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-25 18:00:30 GMT
    (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...(Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Full Story >
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Full Story >
  • Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:16 AM EST2018-02-25 07:16:08 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:59 PM EST2018-02-25 17:59:11 GMT
    (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky). A volunteer walks in a foggy Pyeongchang Olympic Plaza during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Full Story >

    Pyeongchang closes its chapter of the modern Olympics on Sunday night with tales of detente and competitive grit and volunteerism and verve.

    Full Story >
  • 3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    3 dead from severe weather in Arkansas, Kentucky

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 AM EST2018-02-25 07:25:46 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:58 PM EST2018-02-25 17:58:30 GMT
    (Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River  Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati.  Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...(Liz Dufour/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP). A view from the Central Bridge shows the flooding from the Ohio River Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 in Cincinnati. Forecasters expected the Ohio River could reach levels not seen since the region's deadly 1997 f...

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    Full Story >

    A man in northeast Arkansas and a woman in south central Kentucky both were killed as the storm that also included strong winds, hail and heavy rain that triggered flooding muscled its way through the area, according to authorities.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly