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One person injured after reported explosion in Athens

ATHENS, OH - ATHENS, OH (WCMH) -- One person was rescued from a reported explosion and partial building collapse in Athens on Sunday.

According to firefighters, crews responded to the area of 104 W. Union St. after neighbors reported hearing an explosion.

“It sounded like two semi-trucks hitting each other,” explained Tyler Pouliot, who lives across the street from the building where the incident occurred. “I pulled out my phone and called police.”

Crews said a man was rescued from the roof of the neighboring building. He was taken to a local hospital in an unknown condition, but first responders said he was talking with them at the scene.

“The guy came out and he was walking on top of Thai Paradise,” Pouliot said. “We thought that was weird at first, and then he looked at us. He looked at the people downstairs that came out to look at him, and he walked back toward the apartment.”

A total of seven tenants are displaced as crews continue to investigate the scene. No other injuries were reported.

As of 7:17 p.m., on Sunday, Ohio University police said the situation "is stabilized at this time.”

West Union Street was closed to all traffic, but it has since reopened.

Crews from Columbia Gas Of Ohio are investigating the incident, as well.

A company spokesman said so far they have not found any gas leaks leading up the meter serving the building impacted, or in the surrounding areas.

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