- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is investigating the suburban Columbus house explosion last weekend that also left a half dozen surrounding homes temporarily uninhabitable.

Natural gas is the suspected cause of the Saturday afternoon blast that leveled the house in Upper Arlington. The city said Monday that 18 other homes had minor damage but are safe for occupancy.

Eight homes had their electrical service temporarily disconnected, including the six that were deemed uninhabitable.

A Columbia Gas employee had already been in the area investigating a report of natural gas when the house blew up at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday. There were no injuries that required hospitalization.

Crews also had to disconnect natural gas supply to the seven most seriously damaged homes.

The Red Cross is helping the displaced residents.

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