DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – We’re asking questions about what caused the explosion Monday at a vacant home in Dayton.
Homeowner Daniel Brown thinks the area has gas line issues. In fact, he said he had a meeting scheduled with Vectren Monday on his property.
“We had called the gas people and the fire department. There used to be a leak up there in front of those houses for a long time,” said Daniel Brown.
A Dayton fire department captain says he is hearing the same thing and checked their logs. He says he can confirm they have not responded to the area this year.
Vectren Ohio President Colleen Ryan confirmed they’ve been out there before that.
Natalie: “Have you had any other calls out here recently? We talked to some neighbors who said they smelled natural gas before.”
Colleen Ryan: “We had not had any gas calls. The last one we had was in 2013, which was to actually, there was a leak in the basement on a neighbor on either side and that was fixed. Prior to that, the last call we’ve been at out in this neighborhood was in 2009.
Ryan is not speculating on the cause of the explosion, but says they have turned off the natural gas in the immediate area as a precaution.
Brown said he was expecting a visit from Vectren Monday afternoon. We confirmed that with Ryan. She said the home was on their list of places to service. They were set to replace his meter.
Natalie: “Why would you replace a meter? Are there different instances where you would do that?
Colleen Ryan: “Certainly, if they suspected a leak, we would come out and take a look if it was an old meter or it wasn’t functioning anymore.”
She says in this case, Brown’s meter was reportedly issuing estimated readings which can cause inconsistency in billing.
Ryan says it is a routine fix and told me it’s not dangerous.
She adds that natural gas explosions are extremely uncommon because usually people report to them if they notice any odor and they take that very seriously.
“It’s basically an emergency response we treat that. We get the closest technician available in that area to then determine if there is indeed a gas leak if it is to repair the leak,” said Ryan.
Ryan says it is common for Vectren to respond to any type of explosion in their service area.
She says if it is decided that natural gas caused the explosion, Vectren will complete its own investigation.