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Pool chemicals cause explosion at home in Cornersburg

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After running errands, Barbara Eck just happened to swing by her Briarwood Lane home in Austintown before heading to work. Within minutes of walking in the door she heard an explosion in the basement. She immediately called 911.

"We had a strong odor of some type of swimming pool chemical and we immediately just started clearing out some of the people around and just cornered the area off and called for hazmat," said Austintown Fire Department Captain Don Conroy.

Once hazmat arrived on scene and set up two team members entered the basement, where Barbara and her son saw smoke coming from a bottle of pool chemicals.  For nearly 20 years the family had relied on their airconditioned basement to store their chemicals, but authories says that the sun shining through the basement window overheated the bottle.

"It appears one of the containers got hot due to the sun coming in the window, blew the cap off and got us to where we are now," said Mahoning County Hazmat Team Lt. Adam Noble.

After their sweep of the home, hazmat found no visible damage.  Although, the gas did filter throughout the entire home. Crews are relying on fans to clear the odor.

"We've got some windows open down in the basment to try and get the remainder of the odor out. All of the containers themselves that were involved have been packed up and are sitting off to the side outside of the house," said Noble.

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