The house explosion that occurred in Fayette County on Saturday morning is believed to have been an accident and propane-related, according to Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office Public Information Officer Brian Bohnert.
“We believe that the explosion was propane-related,” said Bohnert. “We’re still investigating to determine what the ignition source might have been, where it came from, but that’s still under investigation right now.”
He further explained investigators do not believe the fire was intentionally set or the result of a criminal act.
“We still have to do a little bit more to determine what the actual ignition source was,” said Bohnert.
As previously reported, the single-story, ranch-style house located at 1903 Good Hope-New Holland Road exploded with two occupants inside.
Ted Miller, 71, was injured in the explosion. First responders located Miller after their arrival at the residence at 7:30 a.m., and he was airlifted to a Columbus-area trauma center. Over the weekend, Ted Miller’s condition was listed as stable and his injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to authorities.
Shortly after 10 a.m. at the scene of the explosion Saturday, responders located Patricia Miller, 70, who was deceased among the debris.
Multiple firefighters from different departments assisted on-scene including the Pic-A-Fay (New Holland) Fire Department, Washington Fire Department, Wayne Township Fire Department, Concord-Greene Fire Department, Tri-County Fire Department (Mount Sterling), Southwest Pickaway Fire Department (Williamsport) and the Circleville Fire Department.
Also assisting on-scene were Fayette County EMS, Fayette County Emergency Management Agency, and Box 65 units from Fayette and Pickaway counties.
The State Fire Marshal’s Office began itsinvestigation Saturday morning.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
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