JACKSON TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – An explosion Sunday morning in Jackson Township resulted with one man and one woman being taken to the hospital.
Police say two acetylene tanks in the trunk of a car exploded, causing that car and another car to catch on fire. The fire then spread to a house.
The explosion happened in the 2600 block of Pritchard-Ohltown Road, near North Bailey Road.
Several fire and police departments were called to assist on scene.
Ambulances rushed a man and woman to St. Elizabeth Hospital, one with severe injuries and the other with non-life threatening injuries.
Pritchard-Ohltown Road was closed because of the fire.
Several witnesses and people near-by reported hearing explosions around 8 a.m.
“Heard two monster explosions, they both shook the ground — I mean boom! And then a minute, two minutes later, another one. Just as massive. I knew it wasn’t a gun, that’s for sure,” said Paul Bondy.
A few hours later, only a few miles away, firefighters responded to another fiery incident, this one at a house on Kirk Road. Click here to read more about that fire.
Jackson Township’s fire chief says this is something that only happens once or twice a year.
Firefighters aren’t sure why the gas tanks exploded or how the second fire hours later started, but the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating.