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Suspect in custody for Turner Road house explosion

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AUSTINTOWN, Ohio - Police have a suspect in custody in connection with another metal theft linked to a Turner Road house explosion.

In Austintown, fire line tape surrounds a home that was blown off of its foundation. The fire department believes the explosion happened after the home filled with natural gas.

In the basement police found evidence of vandalism; someone stealing scrap metal.

Trustee Jim Davis tells 21 News Reporter Janet Rogers that the theft of copper and wires can be dangerous to the neighborhood and criminals conducting these type of crimes.

"They could explode at any time with the gas and they're trying to steal wire. Yes, there is a great chance of fatality for these people," Davis says.

The base of the foundation and the door show some of the damage that was done. Police say about 30 feet of copper was cut from the home, along with the gas line.

The home may be a total loss.

However, just one day after the home exploded, police tracked down a suspect after someone gave them a description of a car being in the driveway that has never been at that residence or in the neighborhood before.

The suspect is in custody and is expected to be charged and arraigned later this week as he was out on bond for other unrelated charges.

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