An elderly woman is dead following a house explosion in Lafayette this morning.

The Lima News reported that 96 year old Gladys M. Ward died when her house located on North Phillips Road exploded. She was the lone occupant of the house.

Debris from the explosion, which destroyed the house, was scattered across the street.

A house next door was also rocked by the explosion. It was knocked off its foundation and the windows were blown out.

There were no other injuries.

Crews from the Allen County Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette-Jackson Fire Department, Bath Township Fire Department and Public Utilities Commission of Ohio were dispatched to the scene this morning, and the incident remains under investigation.