YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A house explosion in Youngstown is now under criminal investigation.
The hot water tank in the house was gone, which could have been on outlet for leaking gas.
The house exploded early Tuesday, It was gone in a matter of seconds.
Neighbors captured video moments after the explosion, showing the house in the 700 block of Roxbury Ave. in flames.
It rocked the neighborhood, sending fire crews to the area just after 10 a.m. Tuesday.
“I thought a car hit my house. Woke me dead up out of my sleep,” said Blake Mannor.
The building manager, who showed up to the area to renovate the house, was injured in the explosion. He was taken to the hospital for severe burns.
Investigators think he may have turned on a light switch, which ignited the gas.
There was a lot of smoke in the area, and the house was reduced to rubble.
“I was actually sleeping when I hear a big, loud boom. I sat up because I knew it wasn’t lightning, and I actually saw a man getting thrown from the house and he was on fire. It was a very crazy scene,” said Adriane Turner.
The man in the house was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“He was badly burned. All his head, his face, everything was missing, all his hair. And on the back of him he had big, red blotches,” Mannor said.
Mannor knew the victim and that he had been doing renovations on the house. There may have been a gas buildup at the house.
A fire inspector was called to the scene to determine the cause. Dominion Energy sent a crew of experts from Cleveland to look into the explosion.
Renovations to the home were almost finished and it was about to be inspected, we were told. Someone may have been moving in around Christmas.