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Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 1:21 p.m.

Pittsfield Township garage explodes; gas leak likely to blame

By Cindy Heflin

A gas leak likely caused a ceiling-mounted heating unit to explode in a Pittsfield Township garage Sunday night, firefighters said.

A man and his mother who live in the home in the 2000 block of Lohr Road told firefighters they were inside about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when they heard and felt the explosion. They immediately left the home with their dog, and a neighbor called 911.

When firefighters arrived, some smoke was coming from the three-car garage attached to the house, and both overhead garage doors had been damaged. The explosion and a flash fire had damaged the garage and contents. But the fire was no longer burning when firefighters arrived.

Pittsfield Township fire Capt. Jeff Foulke said the flash fire almost immediately consumed all the available oxygen, and then went out.

The house had light smoke inside, and fire damage was also found in the attic space above the garage.

The Pittsfield Township fire marshal, police and DTE Energy are investigating the cause, but firefighters believe a gas leak near the heating unit caused the explosion. No foul play is suspected.



Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:58 p.m.

Wow, that really is a tragic incident. I am glad they remembered to take the pet. I had a similar occurrence back a few years ago. A friend had a car that had a small gas leak, and the car was in disrepair anyway. Either way, he had it in his garage, and he went to start it up and the garage exploded around him. and caved in trapping him in the car. he came out of it safely, but he had to get rid of what was left of the garage. He has PTSD, from the incident too. People should never have leaking fuel in their garage, especially if it is attached to the house.

Marilyn Wilkie

Mon, Nov 14, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

Sounds like they dodged the bullet here. This could have been so much worse. I'm glad to hear that they are alright.