Investigators link excavating to Ohio house blast

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Posted: Nov 18, 2011 7:24 AM
Investigators link excavating to Ohio house blast

Investigators believe outdoor excavation work led to an explosion that destroyed a home in western Ohio, killing a man and injuring eight others.

The state fire marshal's office says natural gas had filled the basement of the duplex home before Saturday's blast in Fairborn. A news release says the gas buildup likely resulted from the excavating being done outside.

Fire officials had said a gas line apparently was struck and ruptured.

Authorities say 71-year-old James R. Davis died as the result of the explosion. The Dayton Daily News has reported that the Springfield man owned an excavating company.

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The fire marshal's office says investigators are still trying to determine where Davis and the injured people were located when the blast occurred.