The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 3, 2013

Three injured in Geneva explosion

By WARREN DILLAWAY - warren@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

GENEVA — Three people were taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning after their rental home at 92 South Cedar Street exploded, sending walls and glass in every direction, Geneva Fire Chief Doug Starkey said.

“I was sitting in my chair watching a John Wayne movie. It knocked the glass off my walls. It was a bomb,” said Dottie Odegard, who lives next door at 104 South Cedar Street.

She said the explosion was 10 times that of a July 4 fireworks show.

A man, a woman and a teenage boy were brought to Odegard’s house where they waited for an ambulance. “The skin was hanging off his hand. It was melted flesh,” she said.

Starkey said the call came in around 2:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the saw a fully-involved house fire. He said the three people were transported to UH Geneva Medical Center.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is being handled by the Geneva Fire Department, the Ohio Fire Marshall’s office and Dominion East Ohio Gas.