Multiple Fire Crews Respond to House Explosion

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MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio -- Multiple fire crews have responded to an apparent house explosion in Maple Heights, Fox 8 News reports.

It happened at a home in the 6100 block of Dunham Road, just after 12:30 p.m.

Fox 8 News crew members say they arrived to the scene to find a large cloud of smoke and the smell of gas.

The Maple Heights Fire Department says Dunham Road has been shut down between Rockside and Turney roads in both directions. Drivers are encouraged to choose alternate routes.

Maple Heights Police tell Fox 8 News reporter Melissa Reid that the explosion is believed to have been sparked from a natural gas leak, although an official cause will later be determined by fire investigators.

The blast was felt by neighbors from blocks away, and employees at a shopping plaza across the street say they heard a loud "boom."

Officials say the front part of the home is destroyed; surrounding homes are intact, but littered with debris.

No injuries have been reported.

Dominion gas company workers were on the scene working to shut off the gas. Nearby residents have not been evacuated.