Man cooking food injured in house explosion ID'd - WNEM TV 5

Man cooking food injured in house explosion ID'd

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This map shows the general area where the explosion occurred. This map shows the general area where the explosion occurred.
Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom) Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom)
Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom) Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom)
Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom) Picture of home shortly after explosion (Source: Barb Newsom)
TUSCOLA COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Authorities responded to the scene of a house explosion in Tuscola County Tuesday afternoon.

The explosion happened at about 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Owen and Manke roads, behind Lindy's Sales, near the Quanicassee River in Wisner Township.

TV5 spoke with a neighbor who lives three houses down from the home that blew up. That neighbor, Tom Kabat, said an older gentleman lived at the house.

The man who lived at the home is being identified as Doug Shippey.

Kabat said he heard a "whoomp" and pictures fell off a solid brick wall in his own home. He ran outside and people in the street were yelling to call 911. Kabat told TV5 he called 911 for Tuscola County dispatch.

Kabat said cries were coming from inside the home and that Shippey was alive. Kabat said an unknown man wearing either a white or gray T-shirt ran into the home and got Shippey out. Kabat said it is a year-round home, not a cottage.

Kabat continued by stating that Shippey had cuts on his face and his arms were burned. A helicopter was called into the location to transport Shippey to Hurley Medical Center in Flint.  

Kabat said the house was smoking and it was flattened and destroyed. Tuscola County Undersheriff Glen Skrent said initial reports indicated the man was cooking when the explosion happened.

Right now authorities believe Shippey was lighting his stove when the propane blast happened.

"Fortunately for Shippey, a neighbor had pulled him from the rubble before the fire got bad, so he was actually outside sitting by the road. He had significant burns so that became our highest priority was getting him taken care of and getting him out of here," Akron Fire Department Chief Marvin Hasso told TV5 Tuesday evening.

While on scene in Tuscola County, many neighbors said they heard the boom.  Neighbor Barb Newsom said she was watching television when the rumble shook her home.

"It was burning, just a hot burn, right away," said Newsom.

Newsom provided TV5 with the pictures attached to this story.  Another neighbor, Sue Dierich, said when she looks at the damage, she can't believe someone made it out alive.

"I don't even know how he can be alive, or be pulled out of that mess, his house is gone," said Dierich, whose home about 30 feet from the scene had damage.

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