Home explosion in Mercer County believed to be caused by propane

The state fire marshal has now confirmed some information from the house explosion over the weekend.

Home explosion in Mercer County believed to be caused by propane

The explosion happened at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at 3741 County Road 716A. We now know the woman who died was the homeowner, Rosie McClurg. Three other people were outside during the explosion and were hurt. Two of them were treated and released from the hospital.

It is suspected the blast was caused by a large amount of propane built up in the house, but it's still being investigated. The house was completely leveled and firefighters only found a fire coming from the west side of the basement. The state fire marshal urges people to get furnaces and fuel-burning sources checked before use.

10/13/20 Press Release : (COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau is investigating an explosion that killed one woman and injured three others Sunday in Celina (Mercer County).

The explosion occurred at approximately 6 p.m. at 3741 County Road 716A, just south of the village of Montezuma. Upon their arrival on scene, the Montezuma Fire Department discovered the single-story residence had been reduced to rubble with fire coming from the west side of the basement.

Killed in the explosion was Rosie McClurg, 72, who was discovered by Montezuma firefighters after several hours sifting through the debris. At the time of the explosion, three individuals next door were injured by falling debris. Two of those people were treated and released from area hospitals.

The Montezuma Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Chickasaw, Coldwater, Celina, St. Marys Township, New Bremen, Burkettsville and St. Henry fire departments, as well as the Mercy County Sheriff’s Office, Mercer County EMS, Mercer County Road Department and MCERV.

While the origin and cause of the explosion remain under investigation, investigators were able to determine an unknown amount of propane gas was released and accumulated inside the structure.

“It’s already starting to get colder, which means more and more people are going to start using propane and firing up their furnaces for the first time,” said State Fire Marshal Kevin S. Reardon. “Before the winter months set in, we want to urge all Ohioans to have their furnaces and other fueling-burning appliances inspected to avoid any potential dangers.”


The scene of an explosion at 3741 County Road 716A in Celina (Mercer County).


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