The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

January 7, 2013

Blast levels home

Madison neighbors thankful that nobody was hurt

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MADISON TOWNSHIP —

Lutz said the Sency family was the only family evacuated but several homes  had windows blown out or damage to roofs or walls.

Barb and Bob Wickert live just 200 feet from the Parkview Place house. They were in their living room just moments before the explosion, but had gone to bed just before broken glass sprayed into their house and then the explosion sucked the debris back out.

“We’re fine,” Bob Wickert said. “God was watching out for us. If it had blown 10 minutes sooner, Barb could have been killed.”

Alicia Morris’ home sustained minor damage from the blast.

“I thought we were being bombed,” she said. “I thought it was my house that was exploding. There was this bright orange light and a really loud blast and it shook everything.”

Neighbors stood outside Sunday afternoon, watching fire and gas company employees come and go from the scene as a steady line of people drove by to catch a glimpse of the wreckage.

“I think right now we are all concerned about our properties, sure, but we are all just really, really glad no one was in that house. No one could have survived an explosion like that,” Morris said.

Freelance writer Melissa Francis contributed to this story

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