Gas leak, explosion at Madeira home ‘may have been intentional,’ fire chief says

Gas leak, explosion at Madeira home ‘may have been intentional,’ fire chief says
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 4:16 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 11:20 AM EDT

MADEIRA, Ohio (WXIX) - A man was hospitalized from a gas explosion and partial building collapse at a Madeira home overnight that may have been intentional, fire officials say.

The explosion and collapse of the back half of the home trapped a man, 63-year-old Gary Kuykendall, inside just after 1 a.m. Wednesday in the 6500 block of Apache Circle, according to the Madeira Police Department.

Madeira/Indian Hill Joint Fire District Chief Steve Oughterson said they were dispatched to the home for an odor of natural gas and law enforcement was called for a domestic dispute.

911 caller: “My husband’s in the house and he’s been drinking and he threat... he’s called my son and I and told us that he cut the main on the gas and that gas in the house and that he’s going to blow the house up with him inside it.”

Kuykendall was rescued and then taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Oughterson said.

Damage to the residence from the explosion was extreme, according to the chief.

The Hamilton County USAR team performed the primary search and found no additional victims.

Duke Energy was on scene to secure gas and electric services to the property.

“While the cause of the incident remains under investigation, our initial findings indicate that the gas leak and ignition may have been intentional,” Oughterson said.

Madeira police said this was an isolated situation, and the community is not at risk.

The home is a total loss.

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