The State Fire Marshal’s Office said it has concluded its on-scene investigation of the natural gas pipeline explosion in Morgan County near Glouster.
Public Information Officer Shane Cartmill said investigators found no evidence of criminal intent. He said it appears the explosion was the result of the ignition of natural gas following a physical failure on the pipeline.
Cartmill said investigators can’t determine the exact cause, but believe a spark from debris, static electricity or nearby power transformers likely ignited the natural gas. Two occupied homes, an unoccupied home and a barn were destroyed by fire. Cartmill said two people sustained minor injuries and were released from the hospital.
On Thursday, WHIZ spoke to relatives and friends of the families who lost their homes.
"All of the firefighters that responded did a good job," said Sandy Gyure. "The Tennessee Gas Company is taking care of them, because they told them to go buy clothes and whatever they need."
"They have a good emergency response team," said Mary Moore. "If anything drastic like that would ever happen again, they responded really quick, so I feel safe around here."
The investigation has been handed over to the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.