• Man’s body recovered after Dayton-area house explosion


    Dispatch.com

    Fairborn, Ohio.

    The body of a 75-year-old man was found yesterday after he was killed in a house explosion east of Dayton on Saturday that also injured six others, including four children, authorities said.

    The explosion sent debris and the victims into the yard, and a neighbor reported seeing a baby burned, bloodied and covered with glass.

    Work was being done on the waterline of a duplex when a natural-gas line was struck, causing Saturday’s explosion, Fairborn Fire Marshal Carl Day said.

    A 13-year-old was transferred in critical condition to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, said spokeswoman Louise Holker. Two men also were injured. Reports on their condition were not released.

    A 1-year-old baby was in fair condition yesterday morning, and a 5-year-old was in good condition, a spokesman for Dayton Children’s Medical Center said. A third child, whose age wasn’t available, was treated and released on Saturday.

    The house blast was one of three in the Midwest over the weekend. One in Benton Township in southwestern Michigan killed two people late Saturday and injured four others. Its cause wasn’t clear, but relatives say several oxygen tanks were inside.

    And an explosion in Chicago yesterday morning flattened one home, scorched others and sent two people to the hospital with burns. Fire officials and utilities were investigating.

    In the Ohio explosion, the Dayton Daily News reported that the man’s body was found beneath the rubble of a concrete wall that was part of the duplex’s foundation and apparently collapsed on him.

    “Most of our focus has been to account for all the folks involved,” Day told the Daily News. “We’re not releasing identities, but we found the individual we were looking for.”

    It was not clear whether the man who died was doing any of the work, the Daily News said.

    Chase Kelley, a spokeswoman for Indiana-based Vectren Corp., the local natural-gas utility, told the newspaper that the tragedy might have been avoided if the men doing the work had followed proper procedures.

    “We’ve looked at our records and done some research internally, and we have found that it seems these contractors did not follow the call-before-you-dig process,’’ she said.