Two bodies recovered after house explosion in Thetford Township

Fire at a home on East Vienna Road, just east of Bray Road, in Thetford Township.


The Clio Area Fire chief tells NBC25 two bodies have been recovered from the scene of Tuesday afternoon's house fire. Chief Gary Domerese said the bodies are believed to belong to the two residents who were unaccounted for earlier in the day. He also said the homeowner called Consumers Energy when he realized he hit a gas line while excavating. A utility crew was on scene when the explosion occurred. No one from Consumers was injured. State police investigators and Consumers Energy crews will continue their investigation Wednesday morning.

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Fire officials are investigating a house explosion and fire that leveled a home on East Vienna Road, just east of Bray Road, in Thetford Township.

Clio Area Fire Chief Gary Domerese said the fire started just before 2 p.m. Tuesday. He said a homeowner may have hit a gas line with a backhoe while doing some excavating. Neighbors tell NBC25 they heard a loud explosion just before the fire broke out. One man was taken to Hurley Hospital with severe burns. Chief Domerese said two people, a husband and wife, are missing. He said authorities are treating the scene as if the two were trapped in the home.

The house has been leveled. The Michigan State Fire Marshal, Michigan State Police, Thetford Township police and crews from the Clio, Mt. Morris Township and Forest Township Fire Departments are responding to the incident.

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