House explosion in south Toledo injures neighbor, rescue crews search debris

The remains of a house on Western Ave. are seen on Tuesday, Dec. 28, the day after an explosion.
The remains of a house on Western Ave. are seen on Tuesday, Dec. 28, the day after an explosion.(WTVG)
Published: Dec. 27, 2021 at 7:31 PM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - A suspected gas explosion destroyed a South Toledo home on Monday night, sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries.

Fire crews received a call for an explosion near Western and Eldred around 7 p.m. Debris was scattered throughout the area when they arrived, with the smell of natural gas in the air.

As of Tuesday morning, Western is still closed from Champion to Dale, along with parts of Eldred.

More video of the house explosion in Toledo.

Posted by 13abc on Monday, December 27, 2021

Crews will go through what remains of the home searching for anyone inside, though Toledo Fire and Rescue officials believe the house was vacant.

One person was injured on the second floor of a neighboring home and was transferred to the hospital with minor injuries from shattered glass. According to a family member who spoke on Tuesday morning, the male is out of the hospital.

“I ran to their house. Her first son came out, I made sure he was alright. He said he was fine. She came out crying saying her son was hurt, so I ran inside and saw him in the upstairs hallway laying. He had injuries to his neck and to his arm from what I could tell,” says Arthur Cantu, a neighbor. “I thought someone had crashed through our house because we’ve had people crash all the time speeding around this corner.”

Crews continued to check other homes and the area for any other alarming gas levels. Columbia Gas and Toledo Edison were on the scene to make sure everything was shut off.

House explosion on Western and Eldred.

Posted by 13abc on Monday, December 27, 2021
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