Explosion destroys house, damages several other buildings in east Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Several people were hurt after a house explosion in east Columbus Friday morning. 

The explosion was reported near the intersection of Atcheson Street and North 20th Street around 8:15 a.m.

Columbus Fire said there was a gas leak in the area. The exact cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. The building was supposed to be vacant, but it has had issues with people breaking in per CFD.

CFD said two people were taken to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. The spokesperson said at least one other person was hurt. 

News 5 streamed a live shot from the scene of the house explosion on Facebook:

CFD said two people were taken to Wexner Medical Center in critical condition. 

Bonnie Evans said after the explosion, she didn't see any flames, just smoke.

"It was scary! And I fell down on the floor. I didn't want everything to fall on me," said Evans.

Another witness said she was on her patio at the time of the explosion.

"I was outside on my patio... I thought it was a bomb," she said. 

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