Explosion at apartments in Macomb County sends at least one person to the hospital with burns

HARRISON TWP., Mich. (WXYZ) - An explosion at an apartment complex in Harrison Township sent at least one person to the hospital this afternoon. 

No one is being allowed back into the building after the explosion rocked the building off the foundation.

"I heard a loud explosion," said Edward Turner.  He lives in the apartment building next to the one where the explosion happened.  When he ran toward the building t where the thundering noise came from he saw debris everywhere and two men running from the apartment with burns all over their body.

"Then I saw the one guy who stays there, he's burnt up, face and arms.  I gave him a blanket and told him to sit down he was in shock," said Turner.

Turner called 9-1-1.  When the Harrison Township Fire Department arrived they had to call in mutual aid to help with the fire.  The explosion happened in the apartment with the black fabric draped over what used to be a front window.

"I saw another guy with his face peeling all burned up but he wouldn't take it.  I said, what happened, what happened?  He said his stove blew up.  I said you need to sit and wait for the ambulance and he got in his car and took off," said Turner.

The fire chief said early reports indicate everything started while someone in the apartment where the explosion happened was cooking on the stove.  Rescue crews transported at least one person to the hospital with burns. 

"It's just crazy," said Turner.

A total of 16 units have been damaged and three units have major structural damage.  The fire chief said no one will be sleeping in the apartment building tonight.  They are unsure if it will have to be torn down because of the damage to the foundation.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Michigan Region is assisting residents affected by the explosion.  They are helping provide shelter for the residents who were displaced.  If you are in need of assistance please visit their website at: http://www.redcross.org/

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