The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 6, 2013

Blast demolishes Madison home, others damaged


Star Beacon

MADISON TOWNSHIP — Janet Sency tried to stay warm  while marveling that nobody in her family was hurt when the house next door exploded early Sunday morning.

Sency was wrapped in a blanket while looking at the remnants of 1518 Parkview Place from behind yellow caution tape after the house explosion that rocked the neighborhood and sent flames into the sky.

“It woke me out of bed. My husband and I, I thought somebody hit the house,” she said while standing with other neighbors. She said her husband ran outside and found the adjacent home had exploded 12:20 a.m.

Sency shed a few tears as she discussed how her son and granddaughter were sleeping in a room very close to the wall that was struck by debris from the explosion.

While one home was destroyed and seven or eight damaged, nobody was hurt.

“We were very lucky,” Sency said.

The unoccupied home was destroyed, with the four walls falling in toward the center of the structure. The Sency home was badly damaged and five or six other homes were damaged to a lesser degree, said Gene Lutz, chief of the Madision Fire District.

“We received a call for a house explosion at 12:21,” Lutz said. He said the house was already on the ground with a small fire burning when they arrived on the scene.