City unable to clean home explosion debris

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Bricks, metal, and glass still sit on a property more than month after a home exploded.

Neighbors describe the scene looking much like a war zone while they wait for clean-up to begin.

The mess is causing some concern about safety for a mother who lives nearby.

(sot: “We have a bunch of dirt, debris, rocks, glass, shards of metal.”)

“We have children that live and play in the neighborhood,” said Kortney Jeter. “This is a couple blocks away from the school. All the children in the neighborhood are walkers.”

An explosion leveled the home on the 500 block of Brooklyn Avenue in late April. Debris struck nearly 50 homes in the surrounding area.

More than a month later, some homes still have pieces of lumber and glass sitting on the roofs.

People who live in the area are wondering when it will get cleaned.

“We contact the powers that be and they give you excuses why it’s going on,” said Jeter. “Not remedies how to fix it.”

It has also been a continuing problem for the city of Dayton.

Michael Cromartie with the city’s Building Services department said there is nothing the city can do at the moment. They are waiting on the property owner’s insurance company to complete their investigation before any clean-up can begin.

The nephew of Daniel Brown, who is listed as the property owner, tells 2 News he thought the investigation was complete.

Until the matter is settled, Cromartie said all the city can do is keep the streets and sidewalks clear up debris.

But the long wait to clean the property has neighbors worried about the children who might wander onto the property.

“It’s scary. You don’t want to send them down here,” said Jeter. “They’re children. Children do ridiculous things.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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