House explosion on Miller Avenue in Euclid considered suspicious

EUCLID, Ohio - Crews were at the scene of a house explosion in Euclid that littered the area with debris on Friday.

It happened at about 11:30 a.m. Based on debris, the house's address is 21531 Miller Ave., which is near East 216th Street.

According to firefighters, the house was for sale and reported vacant. Authorities also said the explosion seems suspicious and there have been copper thefts reported in the area.

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Firefighters said there was a fire when they arrived at the scene. The fire damage was mostly contained to the garage behind the house that exploded.

Other houses also sustained damage. NewsChannel5 photographer Mike Harris said he found debris a half a block away.

Windows were broken at one house across the street. That homeowner said her 1-year-old daughter was in front of the window just moments before the explosion, but wasn't hurt.

Another neighbor said she smelled gas Friday morning, but didn't think anything of it, then all of sudden heard a loud boom. She told NewsChannel5 the blast pushed in the side of her house and her son was cut by debris.

Cole Davis, a witness who said he was about 20 houses away, described the explosion as a "soft thud." He said his home shook and the windows rattled.

Firefighters said no one was treated for injuries.

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