DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The house that exploded Thursday morning on George St. was demolished early Friday after fire officials deemed it an emergency because it was so unstable.
They are still searching for the cause and origin of the explosion, but have turned the site over to the city of Dayton and said it is between them and the homeowner’s insurance company to determine when the rubble will be cleaned up.
Christine Pollard lives right behind the house that exploded, and is now just a pile of debris.
She said the danger it poses to Ruskin Elementary students, which is directly across from the pile, or neighborhood kids, is only the beginning of her concern.
The garage right behind the pile is still standing, and Pollard said that is unsettling because it often attracts trouble.
She has seen squatters take over these spots or people set them on fire many times before.
“When stuff sits like this, it attracts people to it,” said Pollard. “A lot of people that are pushing carts through here will stop and start going through it, and a lot of the scrappers, they don’t care how they get their stuff.”
Pollard along with other neighbors who did not want to be identified said this eyesore just adds to the community’s growing problem but hope the city moves the spot to the top of the list of cleanups because of the condition it is sitting in and the proximity to the school.
2 NEWS reached out to the city of Dayton’s Housing Inspection Manager for a possible cleanup timeline, but have not received that information.