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House believed to be empty explodes in Oakland

Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh firefighters do damage control at a house that exploded on Dawson Street in Oakland Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pittsburgh firefighters do damage control at a house that exploded on Dawson Street in Oakland Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review - Pittsburgh firefighters do damage control at a house that exploded on Dawson Street in Oakland Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Sidney Davis  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Pittsburgh firefighters do damage control at a house that exploded on Dawson Street in Oakland Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.

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Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013, 10:00 p.m.
 

An explosion Thursday night ripped holes in both sides of a house near Boulevard of the Allies in Oakland.

Firefighters and police believe the two-story house on Dawson Street was empty when it exploded. The holes reached up both stories and were several feet wide.

Pittsburgh Fire Battalion Chief Jim Dolan said the house was already in danger of collapsing when firefighters arrived. They searched with caution for anyone inside the house.

Dolan did not know what caused the explosion.

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