Blast destroys Harrison house

An explosion blew out the walls of a Harrison Street house Monday morning, sending debris into the street and onto a nearby car.

Tiffin Fire Chief William Ennis said firefighters are still investigating what caused the explosion at 21 Harrison St., but it is believed to be gas-related.

No one was living in the house and no injuries were reported, he said. The gas company was on scene Monday morning to shut off the gas and remained at the scene throughout the day to continue to test the gas lines.

American Electric Power and the water company also responded to the residence Monday to shut off power and water.

The Environmental Protection Agency was contacted by Tiffin Fire and Rescue.

Although the street was closed throughout the day, Ennis said neighboring residences were not affected by the explosion.

“They have nothing to worry about,” he said.

Allen Excavating, based in Bloomville, began to tear down the house Monday evening.

The rental property is listed on the Seneca County Auditor’s Web site as being owned by George F. Dutt, trustee.