Homeowner: house explosion “was like being in a movie”

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NORTH LEWISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — The State Fire Marshal’s office has been called out to investigate a home explosion.

It happened in the 8200 block of East State Route 245 in Champaign County just before 10 a.m. Monday.

Shaun Will, the owner of the home, tells 2NEWS he was one of three people inside the home at the time of the explosion.

“You turn around and you see all this destruction. The first thing you do is grab the baby and get out,” he said.

All three people inside the home at the time of the explosion were able to get out safely.

Fire crews sifted through pieces of the wall and windows to determine what might have started the fire.

“Furnace was the only thing I have in that corner. that’s the only gas appliance I have,” Will said.

“We have no clue. We made contact with the state fire marshal’s office. It’s still in its early stages,” Fire Chief Mike Penhorwood added, “They’ll call me back and send someone out for an investigation.”

Will says he never smelled gas or anything that would raise an alarm.

“It was like a movie. It just blew us forward. You look around and it was slow motion. You didn’t know what was going on.”

Fire crews worked to put out hot spots from the fire; however, crews didn’t encounter a large fire when they arrived.

“This house had just been built and the occupants may have moved in a short time ago,”

Officials haven’t yet commented on if the three will seek assistance from the American Red Cross.

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