Investigators seeking cause of Columbus home explosion

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Medics on scene of a pedestrian struck (WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Firefighters are still trying to figure out why a vacant home exploded on the east side of Columbus, injuring a man who happened to be nearby.

The explosion on Sunday afternoon leveled the house. A man working in the neighborhood, Brandon Dotson, said he went to look after hearing the blast and found a man buried under the fallen porch.

Dotson told The Columbus Dispatch that he and some other people got the porch off of the man, who was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t believed to be life-threatening. His name hasn’t been released.

An adjacent home was damaged from the resulting fire, and one firefighter suffered minor burns and also was taken to a hospital.

Firefighters and Columbia Gas were investigating.

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