Crews battling fire after house explodes in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio – Akron fire crews are on the scene of a house explosion in Akron.

The explosion happened shortly after 7:30 p.m. and completely leveled the home.

Mike Brooks of the Akron Fire Department tells Fox 8’s Melissa Reid that one man was taken to the hospital with possible smoke inhalation and burns. There is no word on his condition yet.

First Energy and Dominion are on the scene in order to turn off electricity and gas to the home.

Some precautionary evacuations were ordered from nearby homes.

Residents and motorists are being asked to avoid the area of Courtland and South Hawkins Avenues, where the explosion occurred.

Fox 8 has a crew headed to the scene and will update this story as details become available.

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