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Ohio house explosion believed to have been caused by defendants demolition metal, police say

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Officials: One person dead, one injured after explosion in home

A blast leveled a house in Cleveland, according to officials.

A deadly East Cleveland house explosion that reportedly damaged more than 100 other properties, is believed to have been caused by the four defendants who were scrapping the metal on the site, it is arise.

The announcement Tuesday after the weekend blast came as police arrested Christopher Glenn, one of those wanted in connection with the incident, which four houses are uninhabitable.

“It seems that the source of [the explosion] was of the interior of the house,” said East Cleveland police chief Michael Cardilli, according to Cleveland.com, adding that the researchers suspect that the house was filled with natural gas before they explode.

The State Fire Marshal and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were still working Wednesday to determine the definitive cause of the explosion.

At least one person was killed in a house explosion in Cleveland on Sunday.

(Cleveland Fire Brigade)

The blast killed 27-year-old Tracey C. Brooks, and seriously injured Craig M. Kelly, 51, who are both suspects, Cleveland.com reported. A 50-year-old man suspected of being the driver of a van used for the transportation of the scrap metal also is in custody. Glenn was on Tuesday arrested after he was found for the sale of a boiler, on the street, although the police do not believe that it came out of the house.

Sunday of the explosion damaged more than 100 houses, officials reportedly said, but as of Wednesday no charges have been filed yet.

The house that exploded, which was free, was set to undergo $10,000 in renovations by a new owner who wanted to use it as a dwelling, Cleveland.com reported.

A person was also seriously injured in the house explosion.

(Cleveland Fire Brigade)

“It sounded like someone dropped a bomb,” a resident in the area said.

Other neighbors told Fox 8 the explosion knocked out windows of the houses, five houses away from the blast site. Photos from the scene showed pieces of wood and debris scattered everywhere.

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