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Consumers: Gas Leak Caused Pontiac Home Explosion That Injured Man Saturday Night

Residents and businesses have been cleared to return to normal.

February 03, 2019 - 5:50 pm

PONTIAC, Mich. (WWJ) -- Residents and businesses have been given the "all-clear" and are able to return to the area near where a single-family home explosion late Saturday night in Pontiac left a person injured.

Fire crews arrived to the scene on Irwin Avenue, near South and Martin Luther King Boulevards to see the home fully engulfed. The house was completely destroyed.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital, but his condition is unknown.

Consumers Energy announced Sunday afternoon that they discovered a gas leak in the area. The leak has been fixed and it is now safe for residents and businesses to go back to normal in the area.

“The safety of our neighbors is our top priority and we worked diligently to make sure the area is safe,” Consumers said in a statement. “We are actively investigating what caused the gas leak near this location. We are also working with the fire department and local officials to determine what caused the explosion. Our hearts go out to the homeowner and all of those affected by this incident.”

The Waterford Regional Fire Department posted a video of the blaze to its Facebook page.

The company urged citizens who suspect a gas leak to vacate their home, call 9-1-1 and contact Consumers Energy at 1-800-477-5050 immediately to report it.

Consumers says gas service workers are also on standby tonight to visit any local residents who would like their home checked. Many across the Metro Detroit area are experiencing issues with pipes following last week's record-breaking cold temperatures.

The utility had a fire of its own and a compression station earlier in the week, prompting a call for Michiganders to scale back on natural gas usage, even during the cold blast.

The company says it will provide more details as more information becomes available.