THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) (WXYZ) - Authorities say two people are dead and one is injured after an explosion and fire at a home in Genesee County following a report of a natural gas leak.
Dave and Sue Miller died after the blast, which happened Tuesday afternoon at a home in Thetford Township. Clio Area Fire Chief Gary Domerese says the homeowner was digging with a backhoe nearby and hit a gas line.
Domerese says authorities are investigating what led the gas to explode. He says the homeowner reported the leak to Consumers Energy and a technician came to the home, but the home exploded as the technician went to a truck to get tools and call for other workers.
Consumers Energy has the following list of things to do immediately in response to a natural gas leak.
Signs of a natural gas leak include:
If you suspect a natural gas leak, follow these steps:
It is important that you call about natural gas emergencies. Do not e-mail us.
Consumers Energy says if you recognize any of these signs call them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The company will respond promptly and at no charge.
The company also says that there are safety precautions that you can take to protect yourself.