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House Explosion Investigation
Investigators are trying to figure out who's to blame for an explosion that flattened one home and severely damaged three others. Thursday afternoon, a home on the 9200 block of South Villa exploded after a contractor hit a natural gas line.
Oklahoma Natural Gas says workers arrived in the neighborhood around 3:30 in the afternoon to start repairing the gas leak. Fire crews say the house exploded just before 5:00PM.
Deputy Chief Marc Woodard says the Oklahoma City Fire Department did not find out about the gas leak until after the explosion. According to 911 call recordings, before the explosion neighbors contacted their gas company about the smell of gas.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission just launched an investigation into the incident, which is common procedure. The agency oversees pipeline safety and regulates natural gas. A spokesperson for the agency won't comment on the investigation's details until it's complete.
Tonight during the Fox 25 News after the game, find out what you should do if there's a natural gas leak in your neighborhood.
MARISA MENDELSON, INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
Posted: Friday, January 4 2013, 06:09 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states
May 24, 2013 07:24 GMT
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- When a deadly tornado tore through the central Oklahoma city of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to see their homes blown away.
The mayor suggested that storm shelters should perhaps be mandated for new homes. But that may be hard sell.
But not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes. And not even many communities do so.
Costs remain a deterrent despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.
Instead of a stick, Oklahoma currently offers a carrot to build storm shelters. It uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.
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