A 45-year-old Cleveland woman was injured in a house explosion on May 14. Neighbors said the woman, who sustained third-degree burns, staggered out of the debris that once was a two-story home in the 11000 block of Primrose Ave. and was attended to by workers in the neighborhood until paramedics arrived and brought her to MetroHealth Medical Center, where she was listed in critical condition.
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Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the explosion, but crews from Dominion Energy, who arrived at the scene to cut gas service to the house after the explosion, are investigating.
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A neighbor on Primrose Ave. saw the woman who was injured in the explosion and described her injuries to Cleveland News 5 this way: “Her hands were burned beyond recognition, you know blood and everything and half of her face was burned, you know the skin was peeling.”
Other neighbors said they heard two blasts yesterday afternoon around 1:30. First, there was a small boom followed by a large one that leveled the home and shook the foundations of nearby homes.
Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo told Fox 8 News that the woman was blown out of one of the windows of the home and that is probably why she survived. Had she not been blown out of the home she may have been crushed beneath the debris, he said.