Authorities are investigating an explosion that destroyed a house on Welch Road, east of Orient, just after 4pm, Thursday. The homeowner, Mike Terry, who was working on a car in a nearby shed at the time, was not injured. Shortly before the explosion, he reportedly went inside his house and turned the heat on.
Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff said it appears the house suffered a total loss.
A propane tank outside the home was not damaged.
The cause of the explosion is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal, but Sheriff Radcliff said it looks like it might have been caused by a gas leak.