5 children, 1 adult hospitalized after house explosion - WNEM TV 5

5 children, 1 adult hospitalized after house explosion

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Bill Chapman looked on in shock at what's left of the home he's been to so many times.

His son and grandkids were whisked away after their house exploded.

"I had no idea until I got out here and seen the mess here that it's bad," Chapman said.

Just after 3 p.m., police got the call that this home had exploded, scattering four kids and a dad across the lawn.

Michigan State Police said when crews arrived on Diener Road in Saginaw County's Richland Township, they found one adult, and five children at the scene. The adult and four of the children were taken to the hospital via an ambulance.

"He was thrown right out of the house, that's what he told me, yes," Chapman said.

Another child, still trapped under the rubble was eventually pulled to safety.

Police said, miraculously, everyone is expected to survive.

"I agree 100 percent. I can't explain it. I was like the second or third one on, and I don't understand how we don't have more severe injuries," said MSP Trp. Troy Meder.

Police and fire officials suspect a propane leak created the catastrophic explosion.

Chapman said it comes as no surprise.

"He had told me there was a smell of gas last night but supposedly it was taken care of," Chapman said.

But Chapman said it’s obvious is that someone was watching over his family on Friday. He hopes that continues on their road to recovery.

"God was watching over them, that's all I can say," Chapman said.

Chapman said one child was taken to a Detroit-area hospital to continue his recovery.

The house was destroyed in the explosion.

Initially there were reports of people being unaccounted for, but MSP Lt. David Kaiser says that was not the case.

The MSP fire marshal has been sent to the scene to investigate. A clothing drive will be hosted at Hemlock School's Ling Elementary School from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday March 26.

They are in need of clothing for boy's sizes 5, 6, and 10-12; girl's 6-7 and 8-10 and men's size 3X.

The drive will also take gift cards and other donations for the family.

A GoFundMe account has been started for the family. Another one has been started here.

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