By Nathan Pilling
BEAVERCREEK TOWNSHIP — A weekend trip out of town likely saved the lives of some Beavercreek Township renters.
After an explosion rocked the neighborhood surrounding 177 Haines Road Sunday morning, the Beavercreek Township Fire Department was called to the scene. When crews arrived, there was little left of the house at that address, and what was left was in flames.
“It was fully involved when we got there, but most of the structure was gone,” said Deputy Chief John Mercs. “There really wasn’t much standing if I remember right, just because the fact there was an explosion, and the house kind of came apart. We had debris all over.”
With vehicles in the driveway near the house, firefighters were concerned that they would be looking for bodies. After a few calls were made, they discovered that the renters of the house had left town.
Mercs estimated the majority of the debris from the explosion was within 50 to 100 feet of the structure. No other structures were damaged, but two nearby vehicles were damaged by the explosion and resulting fire.
After extinguishing the fire, the department handed the scene over to the state fire marshal’s office for an investigation. According to the state office the incident is still under investigation.
According to Mercs, such an investigation can take months to complete.
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-502-4498.