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Propane leak blamed for deadly home explosion

T here are new developments tonight in the investigation of a home explosion that rattled a northern Michigan community.


T

here are new developments tonight in the investigation of a home explosion that rattled a northern
Michigan community.


T

he deadly blast happened
Monday morning on Drummond Island.


"I

t was raining shingles and chunks of plywood

," Thomas Ellis, Drummond Island safety officer said.


T

his neighborhood became an unusually dangerous scene after this home exploded around
nine in the morning.


T

he blast shook the island
and few knew what was going on.


"E

verybody assumed it was a quarry blast until a lot of people realize the blasting crew isn't back yet

," Ellis explained.


B

ut they soon realized something was wrong.


"I

could see a large cloud of black smoke coming from the island

," Trooper Patrick Baldwin, Michigan State Police investigator said.


F

irst responders rushed to the home and found the area on fire



and heard a hiss coming from the propane tank.


W

hich makes investigators believe that was the main reason the home exploded.


They think propane might have leaked into the basement and was ignited by a pilot light.


Investigators are now looking for where the explosion happened in the house and they are doing an autopsy to identify the body.

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