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Historic Wauseon home may be demolished after propane tank explosion

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The owner of a more than 130-year-old home in Wauseon remains in the hospital Tuesday evening after a propane tank blew up inside the house.

Police say the 62-year-old man was in the basement possibly cutting into the propane tank when it exploded.

It happened Monday afternoon in the 100 block of Clinton Street at a home on the Ohio Historic Registry.

Eric Dominique is in the intensive care burn unit at St. V's in Toledo. He is listed in critical condition. His wife Patricia tells 13abc that she and three of their grandchildren were also inside the three-story home when it exploded. Patricia didn't want to talk on camera. As she left to drive to her husband's bedside, she said she is simply thankful they are all alive.

The home on Clinton Street was built in the 1870's. According to the Fulton County Historical Society, it was the first home in Wauseon to have electric lights. Several generations later, it may have to be demolished.

"I just feel so sad because the history of the home, plus, I know the people and here they had a disaster like this," says Ruth Zimmerman, a 90-year-old neighbor.

The Wauseon Police Chief says Monday around 4:30 p.m. a propane tank in the basement exploded with Dominique nearby. The chief says Dominique does metal recycling.

"At this time we don't know if he was cutting on the tank or if he was cutting on some other metal, but the spark caused the propane tank to ignite and explode," says Chief Keith Torbet.

Dominique's wife Patricia, their adult grandson, and two granddaughters both under the age of ten were upstairs in the kitchen and living room when the blast blew the glass out of the first floor windows, dislodged the back wall, and knocked the blocks from the foundation loose.

"We heard this terrific boom. We really thought it was a train wreck," says Zimmerman.

Those four family members are all OK.

Dominique suffered severe burns.

"He's very lucky at this point in time," says Chief Torbet.

The High Victorian which is more than 130 years old is called the George Clement House and also known as the Davies House.

It's on the Ohio Historic Registry.

According to the paperwork, George Clement was the founder of the People's State Bank in Wauseon.

There is a watercolor painting of the yellow home hanging in the library.

"It's sad to see it destroyed like it is," says Zimmerman.

The police chief says no matter where you live you should never have a propane tank inside a home.

"As you can see, if that was just a 40 pound tank, it has completely tore up a three story house," says Chief Torbet.

No one has been allowed inside the home because it is so unstable. Patricia says she hopes it can be saved, but it's too early to tell.

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