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House explodes on Cohasset Drive on the South Side

Published: Wed, July 31, 2013 @ 11:53 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Firefighters, city crews, Ohio Edison and Dominion East Ohio Gas employees remain at Cohasset Drive on the South Side, where a house has exploded.

An early report from the scene was: “There is no house,” and that glass and debris are everywhere.

The house at 535 Cohasset Drive was vacant but the house next door at 539 Cohasset is damaged. In addition, at least four homes across the street from the blast had windows that were broken by the force of the explosion.

Debris including a large amount of glass was strewn across the street into neighboring yards more than 100 feet away.

John Mack III, a resident at 539 Cohasset, said he was sleeping at the time of the explosion and was awakened “by glass falling into the bed.”

A neighbor helped Mack and his wife from the house. The couple has lived there for 41 years.

The house that exploded has been abandoned for a while, Mack said.

“But somebody broke into that house last night, I heard someone into there about 1 a.m.,” he said.

A Youngstown fire official told a Vindicator reporter the gas was turned on at the vacant house, and that is believed to be the cause of the explosion.

It is not believed there are any injuries from the blast, authorities said.

This is a breaking news story. Watch Vindy.com for updates.


1peggygurney(408 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

It was felt on the north side of Yo.

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2Old_School(39 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Why didn't Mack call the police after the 1:00AM break-in?

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3DwightK(1458 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

"A Youngstown fire official told a Vindicator reporter the gas was turned on at the vacant house"

Why would the gas be on? Even if someone hadn't broken in, who would be around if a gas leak developed? The result would be the same.

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4sknirak(120 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Could some or all of the copper tubing have been stolen from this house?

If the gas was turned on, WHO was paying the gas bill and why?

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5georgejeanie(1195 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Always somebody in the hood trying to get something for nothing. Just pass on the expense to the middle class, one way or the other we always pay the freight for what the hoodrats do.

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6walter_sobchak(2418 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

It is SIMPLE to shut the gas off in a residence. If I ws planning on ripping out pipe for scrap and an explosion is a job hazard, I would take the wrench I had and turn off the supply. Once a line is opened, it only takes a matter of a rew seconds for gas to accumulate and explode. But, I guess these criminals aren't very smart. Doesn't bother me if they blow themselves up.

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7theman1977(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

sometimes people move and leave utilities on
in these houses and the utility companies fail to shut them off and this stuff happens

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8JoeFromHubbard(1532 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

> > This is a breaking news story. < <

Judging by the report of the condition of the house, that is a very appropriate statement, Vindy.

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9southsidedave(5166 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Maybe this was what the owner was hoping for ...a cash settlement?

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