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NEWCOMERSTOWN, Ohio — Tuscarawas County Coroner Dr. James Hubert has confirmed that a male died in a house explosion in Newcomerstown last night.

The male has not yet been identified.

Columbia Gas early Wednesday released a statement saying while it believes gas was involved, it’s not clear what the cause was of the explosion.

Crews are still on the scene of the explosion and fire, which actually canceled school in the area for Wednesday.

The statement from Columbia Gas said in part:

“While we believe natural gas was involved in the incident, the circumstances leading up to and ultimately causing the incident are still being investigated. At this time, there is no indication that Columbia’s system is at fault.

Columbia Gas will continue to work with authorities investigating the incident. We understand that our customers and those affected by the incident want answers about the cause of the incident, as do we. Time is needed to conduct a thorough investigation to understand the circumstances that lead to, as well as the actual cause of, the incident.”

Fox 8’s Stacey Frey reports that all that is left of the home is debris.

Business owners and neighbors said they felt an explosion around 9 p.m.  A customer told them that he had been out walking his dog when he heard the noise, and turned to see the house in flames.

“It was an unbelievable explosion — just shook the world,” said neighbor Jim Ludwig.

We have a crew at the scene.

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