2 Ohio workers avoid blast in building

TALLMADGE, Ohio (AP) - For two women, showing up late for work at a northeast Ohio restaurant could have been a lifesaving event.

Usually, friends Angel Dague and Christina Surgeon arrive to work by 7:30 a.m. But they were late Monday for their job washing tablecloths, napkins, aprons and other items at the Grotto in Tallmadge near Akron.

Both sobbed when they saw what was left of the restaurant's laundry building - rubble. An explosion about 8:30 a.m. Monday had destroyed it.

Two other employees also were not there when the blast occurred. Tallmadge Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Passarelli says Tuesday that the cause of the blast hasn't been determined, but that it may be linked to a natural gas leak.

-- Information from: Akron Beacon Journal

Source: Associated Press