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Police suspect propane tank sparked Wauseon explosion

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Multiple emergency crews responded to a home explosion in Wauseon Monday. It happened at a home in the 100 block of Clinton Street.

Five people were inside the home at the time of the explosion. One person was Life-Flighted to a Toledo hospital with serious injuries. Two youths were taken to the Fulton County Health Center, and two other adults were treated for minor injuries on scene.

Nearby residents say the unexpected blast shook their sense of safety.  Many say children often run up and down the street where this happened.

"My kids could have been walking here, they walk to the Circle K two to three times a day," says Tony Couts who lives three or four houses west of where the explosion happened.  "They could have been walking by this house and walked right by it...any of these kids could have been hurt."

The home suffered significant structural damage.  As of 10:00 p.m., a Toledo hazmat team did not find any other dangerous materials in the house but it had not been deemed safe. The street has re-opened but no one is allowed inside yet.

"Right now we're leaning towards the propane tank in the basement which caused the damage," says police chief, Keith Torbet.  "This isn't the first time we've had an explosion in town, but it is serious and we have to take it very seriously anytime it happens."

Chief Torbet expects to release the names of the people involved and updated medical conditions on Tuesday morning.

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