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Authorities probe cause of Ohio blast that left several injured

Natural gas supplies have reportedly been turned off to a Dayton neighborhood after a massive explosion. Officials say the blast Monday morning destroyed two homes and caused damage to some 40 others.

Fortunately, the house that blew up was vacant. Still, authorities say a number of people in the vicinity of the devastation suffered injuries due to what may have been unsafe conditions. One TV report says that at least two people who happened to be on the street at the time of the blast were hurt by flying debris. An untold number of others are said to have suffered other minor injuries, including ringing in their ears.

One homeowner in the neighborhood has raised the question as to whether there isn't a general problem with the gas lines in the area. That being the case, those who have been hurt might be wondering what rights they may have to seek compensation for their losses and from whom. The way to get answers is to consult with an experienced attorney about the matter.

The issue of possible problems with gas lines has prompted inquiries by one TV station in Dayton. Fire officials say they are aware that residents in the area have reported gas leak issues since this week's blast, but he says department logs don't indicate that firefighters have been called to the neighborhood this year.

Meanwhile, the president of Vectren, the natural gas supplier to the area, says the last time any of its crews were called to the neighborhood was in 2013. Prior to that, records indicate the last visit to the region was in 2009.

A final determination of exactly what caused the blast is now under investigation. Local, state and federal officials are reportedly involved in that probe.

Source: WDTN-TV, "2 NEWS Investigates questions Vectren about blast," Natalie Tendall, April 21, 2014

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