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Homeowner in serious condition after Wauseon house explosion

(Source: The Village Reporter) (Source: The Village Reporter)
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WAUSEON, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Five people were injured Monday June 23 during an explosion inside of a Wauseon home.

The Wauseon Fire Chief says the homeowner, 64-year-old Eric Dominique, told police and fire officials he was cutting into a propane tank in the basement when it exploded. Dominique suffered serious burns and was taken to a Toledo hospital by air ambulance.

Eric Dominique is currently listed in serious condition. Patricia Dominique, 62, was treated and released from a medical center in Fulton County, as were 2 of the couple's young grandchildren. An adult friend of the couple was also checked out in Fulton County.

The explosion blew windows and screens out of the front of the house and in the back. The back wall was also partially ripped away. Neighbors say the explosion could be heard from blocks away.

"It was like a poof. It wasn't any sound that I've ever heard before," said Wauseon resident Vickie Lockwood.  

"That was a beautiful home at one time, and you don't want something like that to happen," said James Lockwood.

"It's kind of scary. You just be glad it's not yours. It looks like it did a lot of damage. Just hope they are alright," said Donna Bliss, who owns a business behind the home.

The house explosion and fire happened in the 100 block of Clinton Street in Wauseon at 4:40 p.m. Monday - about a block from Wauseon Police and Fire offices on Clinton Street.

The dispatcher says Fire Departments from Archbold and Delta were called in to help fight the fire.  

"Especially this close to the downtown area, it could've been a lot more severe," said Chief Keith Torbet, Wauseon Police Department.

The hazmat team from the Toledo Fire Department drove in to assess the home. They used air monitors to determine the air quality inside the home was good, and extendable cameras showed that there were no other dangerous chemicals inside.

"They know what to look for and they have the resources to train and they're the professionals. That's what they do, what the hazmat team does," said Chief Rick Sluder, Wauseon Fire Department.

The state fire marshal is turning the house over to the property owner. The fire chief says the home will likely have to be torn down soon because it's too unstable and unsafe.

Construction crews and insurance company representatives were at the home Tuesday working to determine if it could be saved, or would need to be demolished. Crews also  put up a chain link fence around the property line and boarded up windows.

"Right now we just need people to stay away because with the winds and the storms that are coming in there is a good chance that this residence could come down on its own if it's not shored up, so we're asking everyone to stay away from the area," said Wauseon Police Chief Keith Torbet.

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