Investigators Search for Cause of House Explosion in West Columbus


A house is destroyed and one person is hurt after a possible explosion in a West Columbus neighborhood.  It happened at Raspberry Run and Poplar Bend, off Wilson Road in West Columbus.

Fire investigators spent much of Friday evening combing through debris in an attempt to figure out what sparked a massive blaze.

Columbus firefighters battled the blaze from the air and the ground.  They said the home was leveled before they arrived.  Deb Hohn lives across the street.  She said she was getting home when she said she heard an explosion.  “All of the sudden there was this huge boom; our entire house just shook,” Hohn said.

Hohn’s son, Derek, said he saw the flames.  “When I came outside, the whole side of the house was on fire.  It looks like it started down towards the kitchen,” Derek Hohn said.

Hohn said her neighbor was inside the house at the time of the blast.  She said she saw the woman run out the back door.  Hohn explained the woman said she didn’t know what happened.  She said she heard a boom then fell to the ground.  The woman was taken to the hospital for a broken nose. 

Neighbors said the fire spread quickly.  Firefighters are still investigating the cause.  Columbia Gas crews were on scene.  Firefighters said it’s too early to tell if a gas leak is to blame.

Two neighboring homes were also damaged. 

Neighbors spotted the family’s dog after the explosion.  Rocco, the Miniature Pincher, is now safe with a neighbor.