Car explodes on Cleveland’s west side, flames spread to home

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Fire Department responded to the city's west side Saturday morning, where a van explosion left at least one person injured.

"Get out of the house get out of the house so I came running," said homeowner Pat Markiewitz. "When I ran through the front door the dining room windows blew out."

It happened at around 8 a.m. in the 10900 block of Linnet Avenue.

"I saw smoky fire then next thing like 'boom' just like a 'boom' I got so nervous my legs went limp," said Joann Miller who recorded video of the fire on her phone.

A spokesperson from Dominion gas company said the van caught fire, exploded, then spread flames to surrounding homes. Fire officials originally believed that a home had exploded.

While the cause of the explosion is not yet known, Dominion said natural gas was not a factor.

"We have children here so we won't have a problem staying somewhere," said Markiewitz.

Officials said at least one person was injured.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


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