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2 people injured during explosion that leveled home on Cleveland’s East Side

Published: Aug. 3, 2021 at 1:53 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2021 at 6:55 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Fire Department responded to an explosion at a home in Slavic Village on Tuesday afternoon, just after 1 p.m. on East 57th Street near the intersection with Fleet Avenue.

The 2 story home was completely destroyed in the massive explosion that blew the roof of the home completely off and sent the roof of the front porch onto the sidewalk.

A 59-year-old woman who was in the home at the time of the explosion was taken to MetroHealth Hospital with severe burns, and a 67-year-old man, who was also in the house, was also burned and taken to Metro.

Witnesses at the scene told 19 News that the explosion could be felt on neighboring streets.

Melvin Wilson lives right next door to the home that exploded, and the force of the blast and the ensuing fire did significant damage to his home.

“I was laying down watching TV, and all I heard was a big boom, my daughter ran upstairs and told me that the house next door fell on my house, so I looked out the back yard, and I thought just the roof fell over, but the whole house was on the side of my house,” Wilson said, “Then it started blazing up, it caught on fire.”

Approximately 40 firefighters responded to the scene to assist.

The Dominion Gas Company was requested to the scene, but Chief Calvillo said the cause of the house explosion has not yet been confirmed.

This is a developing story.

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