Ka-Boom: Investigation launched after house explosion on city's Westside

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland's Westside rocked by an overnight explosion.

The blast happened in the basement of a home on West 47th and Oakley around 1PM.

19 Action News has learned the house was unoccupied, but two people sitting on the porch next door were rushed to the hospital. They were treated for minor injuries and released.

The blast has all the earmarkings of gas explosion, although an investigation is underway to determine an exact cause.

"It was three weeks ago when they broke in and stole all the copper out of it, stole the duct work out of it, kicked the back door in," said homeowner Eugene Hughcrouch. "And about four or five days ago, we put the copper back in it and they kicked it in again last (Thursday) night and stole the copper and stuff again and then now....I don't know what they did but the house blew up."

The house is slated to be torn down Friday afternoon.

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