Initial findings indicate the explosion and subsequent fire to be accidental in nature and caused by a natural gas lea

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ELYRIA -- The Elyria Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau and the Elyria Police Department Detectives continue their investigation to determine the origin and cause of the explosion and fire at 11:09 a.m. Saturday at 187 Bath Street.

Firefighters say a two-story house which has a rental unit on the first floor and a unit on the second floor was the location.

Attached to the rear of the building is a 3-unit concrete block structure.

The building was occupied on the second floor of the house and the first floor of the house and apartment were vacant. Three residents were home at the time of the explosion and fire.

First reports from the fire department indicated heavy fire showing from the back of the five-unit apartment building. The Fire Department arrived 3 minutes and 35 seconds after they got the call and the fire was out in approximately 30 minutes.

Initial findings indicate the explosion and subsequent fire to be accidental in nature and caused by a natural gas leak.

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Firefighters said one woman, 24, was injured, burned on 29 percent of her body. She was taken to UH Elyria Hospital and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

The explosion appears to have occurred in the back of the house, with the fire spreading to the front of the house via the attic.

Columbia Gas responded and shut the gas off at the road and Ohio Edison responded, shutting the electricity off at the pole.

The Elyria City Building department also responded to check the integrity of the structure.

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