Explosions that level buildings are hardly seen in real life, however, that was the case in Central Ohio where a house was levelled by an explosion early Monday morning, claiming the life of one person and seriously injuring another.
One of the victim, identified as Shelly Williams, 54, was taken to Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center but died of her injuries on Monday afternoon.
The home, which was in Madison Township along Everson Road has been left in ruins. Several witnesses managed to capture cell phone videos which show the extent of the flames.
The firefighters said a man, 59-year-old Stewart Bell, and a woman, 54-year-old Shelly Williams, were injured, were taken to OSU Wexner Medical Center for their injuries.
Shelly Williams died on Monday afternoon while Bell remains hospitalized, as revealed by the Madison Township Fire Department. The Firefighters were surprised to find the dog alive. Initially, they thought the dog couldn’t survive until they found the dog shortly before 6 a.m.
The Columbia Gas made it on the scene as natural gas continued to burn following the explosion. The investigators are yet to release details on the cause of the explosion. However, the State fire marshals made it on the scene to access the damage and help determine the cause of the blaze.
One of the residents, David Couch, who lives in the neighborhood, reported that he and some other neighbors helped pull Williams and Bell from the rubble.
"The house had completely collapsed," Couch says. "They were shell-shocked, obviously they were hurt, and so we tried to get them to safety, away from the house."
Chief Robert Bates, who heads the Madison Township Fire Department, revealed that the cause of the explosion is under investigation.