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ONG says residents impacted by explosion can file a claim

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OKLAHOMA CITY - ONG continues their investigation into what caused an explosion in an Oklahoma City neighborhood Saturday morning.

While they are not commenting on any potential cause, they are allowing residents to make claims.

Though experts say residents should already be calling their insurance companies.

Buddy Combs, with the state insurance department, said, "This is why you buy homeowners insurance, for a situation like this."

ONG was in the neighborhood today.

Cherokee Ballard, spokesperson for ONG, said, "We are out here trying to talk to homeowners and give them information on what they need to do to file a claim."

The gas company is still not commenting on the investigation.

It could be February before we know what their investigation finds.

Officials say, despite there not being any new answers as to why the explosion happened, residents can start the process of repairing or rebuilding their homes.

"They need to take pictures. They need to keep receipts. If you make any expenditures, make sure you note that and keep receipts for that," Combs said.

The good news is: this situation, as rare as it is, is covered by pretty much every policy issued in our state.

"A typical homeowner's policy is going to cover explosions. It's actually listed in the policy," Combs said.

State insurance officials say homeowners need to not worry about the investigation, rather they should focus on repairing their homes and getting their lives back to normal.

Combs said, "If an insurance company pays out and it is determined later that it is the fault of the gas company that caused the explosion, there's going to be an issue between those two entities."

ONG says residents can go ahead and file a claim with them.

You can start that process by calling 1-800-664-5463.

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