3 displaced in Hamilton house explosion, fire

3 displaced in Hamilton house explosion, fire

HAMILTON, Ohio (FOX19) - Three adults are displaced in a home explosion in Butler County Thursday morning, Hamilton fire officials said.

Crews were called to a report of an explosion in the 800 block of Ross Avenue at 4:15 a.m., county dispatchers said.

When they arrived, they found fire in the basement, said Deputy Fire Chief Ken Runyan.

Mary Murray lives across the street. She told us she knew something was wrong almost immediately.

“We have a bunk bed upstairs and i thought someone had fallen out because it just...shook...shocked ya.” said Murray.

She watched the action from her porch and said she saw the 3 people who live in the home that exploded run outside.

“I could smell smoke, but i never did see flames or anything out the house.” said Murray.

Hamilton Firefighters say a man who lived at the home had minor injuries.

“He had some cuts and scrapes to his face, which ignited the explosion...yeah, scary and he was shook up.” said Hamilton Fire Chief, Mark Mercer.

There were reports that a man hit a gas line as he worked to hook up a water line to a new refrigerator but Hamilton Fire Chief Mark Mercer says that’s not the case.

The fire department is now working to determine the cause of the explosion.

Chief Mercer says the neighbors are safe and the people who lived in the home should be able to move back in eventually.

He shared this important reminder, “If you smell gas, don’t turn on or off switches, leave the house and make sure you make a call from the outside.”

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents. Runyan said.

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