House in Akron explodes injuring man inside.

Akron home explosion/NBC

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Officials say a house has exploded in Akron.

Police say the explosion happened around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The resulting fire was extinguished by the Akron Fire Department around 10 p.m. Gas and electric feeds were shut off to the home.

Officials say one man was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and burns.

The house was completely destroyed. Crews evacuated nearby homes as a precaution. Fire officials say the explosion may have been caused by a gas leak. 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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