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As of Thursday, investigators hadn’t determined what caused the explosion at a Troy Township home that killed two persons and injured three others but did find evidence of a propane gas leak.

Michael Duchesne, a spokesman for the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office, said the investigation was on-going and the office was awaiting results from the coroner’s office.

He said there is nothing to indicate criminal activity.


Harold Hamilton, a freelance photographer for The Press, said debris from the
explosion could be seen a thousand yards from the site.

Michael Richardson, the township’s Emergency Medical Services Director, said results from the fire marshal’s investigation may be delayed due to a fatal mobile home fire two days earlier near Tiffin, O.

“Nothing has been determined officially,” he said Thursday. “We’re going with a propane gas leak. There was nothing that stood out otherwise.”

He said the township fire department was dispatched at 5:07 a.m. Tuesday to the home at 23415 Stony Ridge Road.

Fire departments from Pemberville and Lake Township and emergency medical service units from Perrysburg Township assisted.

Richardson said crews were at the scene until 3:30 p.m.

Victims were taken by LifeFlight to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

The Wood County auditor’s website lists the owners of the property as James M. Richards, 53, and Jahn M. Richards, 63.

An employee of Wood County coroner Douglas Hess said Thursday he wasn’t releasing the names of the persons who died as a result of the fire.

According to the county sheriff’s office, other victims are Andrew Schulte, 37; Nicholas Schulte, 34, and Desiree Gonyer, 34.

All but Nicholas were residents at the home. The sheriff’s office lists his residence on Five Point Road, Perrysburg.

Richardson said Andrew and Nicholas are Jahn’s sons.




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