House Explosion Sounded Like Thunder, Fireworks

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GENEVA, Ohio-- One street was rocked in the middle of the night as a house explodes then catches fire with the homeowners inside.

"It happened at 2:30 and the reason I know that is because the clock in my kitchen was knocked off the wall and it stopped at that time," said neighbor Dottie Odegard.

A 911 call came into the Geneva Fire Department of a house on fire at 2:36 Wednesday morning on South Cedar Street.

"When we arrived, we had fire and it was apparent we had some type of explosion," said Doug Starkey of the Geneva Fire Department.

Neighbors living nearby recall being woken up after hearing a loud boom.

"I heard; it sounded like thunder to me; it shook my windows a little bit," said Sandi Ray.

"If you can imagine those big boom fireworks they put off; multiply it ten times," Odegard added.

"I heard a boom and then I ran downstairs and I heard a lady screaming, 'help, my house just blew up,'" another neighbor said.

Neighbors tell FOX 8, the homeowner woke up, smelled gas, went to flip on the light switch and that is when the explosion occurred.

"I looked out the window and saw a ball of fire. I yelled at my family here to get out," Odegard said. "We all ran out and that house, there was that big gaping hole and it was burning and I knew there were animals and people in there."

Three people were inside the home at the time of the blast, including four cats and a dog.

"We have two missing cats still; we found two and the dog has been located so all three of them are doing well," said Starkey.

As for the homeowners, two of the three victims were released from the hospital; a third remains at MetroHealth Medical Center.

"Unbelievable, unbelievable," one neighbor said.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation at this time.

The home in the meantime has been turned over to its owners and the insurance company.

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