Neighborhood on edge after deadly house explosion leaves at least 10 people homeless

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - Nearly an entire block of homes was completely destroyed after a deadly blast rocked one East Cleveland neighborhood.

Workers move quickly and board them up to keep looters out and some families were forced to turn to the American Red Cross for shelter.

"Our first and our foremost mission is to make sure the people are ok," said American Red Cross volunteer John Muni.

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Muni and other volunteers are helping at least 10 people displaced after an explosion destroyed several homes in the one thousand block of east 125th street in East Cleveland. While talking to a volunteer, one family says their apartment has already been ransacked

"We came back and we didn't have...it's terrible. Everything is gone," said one of the victims.

Authorities are still digging into what caused the blast that left one person dead and 51-year-old Craig Martin Kelly critically injured. East Cleveland police say they are questioning two people but no one is under arrest.

"We investigate everything as a crime until it's proven not to be," said East Cleveland police chief Michael Cardilli.

News 5 spoke with the homeowner over the phone. She just bought the vacant house last month, intending to rent it out.

While fire investigators continue to comb the debris for evidence, the owner says she intends to put cameras outside of all her properties.

For now, an entire neighborhood is on edge.

"We went down to the corner, and one of the houses, it was just gone," recalled one resident.

Police are offering a $5,000 reward for the information on the blast.

 

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