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Metal scrapping blamed for fatal Ohio home explosion

Updated Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 4:48 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Investigators say people scrapping for metal likely caused the Ohio home explosion that killed one person and left another critically injured.

Cleveland police say a 50-year-old man sought in connection with the explosion was arrested Tuesday. Another 50-year-old suspect in the scrapping operation is also in custody.

Cleveland.com reports the explosion in East Cleveland on Sunday killed 27-year-old Tracey Brooks and injured 51-year-old Craig Kelly.

The East Cleveland Police Department says Brooks, Kelly and the two 50-year-old men were stealing metal from the home and likely caused a natural gas leak. No charges have been filed.

The home was recently sold to a new owner who had planned for $10,000 in renovations.

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Information from: cleveland.com, http://www.cleveland.com