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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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