DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The FBI and ATF are investigating an explosion that leveled a Dayton house and caused heavy damage to the house next door Monday morning.
Demolition of the heavily damaged house next door began Monday night.
The explosion happened in the 500 block of Brooklyn Avenue near the intersection of Kammer Avenue on the city’s west side.
The house was vacant, but two people on the street suffered minor injuries from flying debris.
Fire officials say more than 40 structures including homes and garages were damaged. Most suffered broken windows and other minor damage.
The explosion leveled the vacant house at 515 Brooklyn Avenue around 10:15 a.m. It also destroyed a neighboring vacant home and garage. Those houses will be demolished. A vacant home across the street was heavily damaged.
The cause of the explosion has not been determined, but investigators suspect a gas leak as the source.
The owner of the property, 89-year-old Daniel Brown, told 2 NEWS he had expressed concerns to the city about lines and leaks in the area.
“They said they were fine with it,” Brown said. “So, I don’t know.” No homes were evacuated, but the area is expected to be closed to traffic for the remainder of the day.