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Explosion levels home, kills 2 dogs

Smoke still comes from the house early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama) Smoke still comes from the house early Tuesday. (FOX19 NOW/Robert Guaderrama)
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NORTH COLLEGE HILL, OH (FOX19) -

Duke Energy crews are investigating the cause of an explosion that destroyed a house in North College Hill Monday night.

The explosion and resulting house fire was reported just after 9:30 p.m. at a residence on Bising Avenue near Galbraith Road, fire officials said.

The house was flattened and declared a total loss.

No injuries were reported.

The homeowner had a close call - he left the house to run to the grocery store just minutes before the explosion.

Two dogs died in the blast.

Fire officials attributed the explosion to a suspected gas leak and described the incident as isolated.

They said they do not think there was any digging or work going on in the area that may have caused it.

"Duke Energy has been on site since shortly after the incident occurred. We are just beginning our investigation and have no information whether or not any Duke Energy infrastructure was involved or cause of the explosion," said Sally Thelen, a spokeswoman for the utility.

"We are working closely with local authorities to determine the cause of the incident. We are in the early stages of our investigation and we’ll get to the answers of the cause."

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