“I Thank God”; Woman Not Home When House Explodes

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Canton, Ohio — Andrea Phillips spent much of the day inside her Canton home. She is fortunate she wasn’t home when it exploded.

Neighbors called 911 after they heard the explosion at 706 Weiler Court Wednesday evening.

When police and firefighters arrived just before 8 p.m., they found the home in flames.

Canton Fire Department Battalion Chief Akbar Bennett told Fox 8 that firefighters saw blue flames letting them know that natural gas was involved in the explosion.

“I was just in the house today and was out sitting on the porch,” said Andrea Phillips, who lived in the home. “I didn’t smell any gas or anything. So it took me by surprise.”

Phillips said several dogs inside the home were injured in the blast.

Phillips was not home when it happened. Her neighbors were worried that she was.

“I had people calling me to see if I was okay,” she said.

Bennett said the explosion knocked the home off of its foundation. The exact cause is still under investigation.

“I thank God that I’m out here watching and not inside being took out in no body bag,” Phillips said.