Off-duty deputies rescue homeowner from blast

An explosion and fire occurred at this house near Bidwell and Marshall roads in Girard Township in Branch County, March 17, 2014. (photo courtesy AM 1590 WTVB Coldwater)
An explosion and fire occurred at this house near Bidwell and Marshall roads in Girard Township in Branch County, March 17, 2014. (photo courtesy AM 1590 WTVB Coldwater)

GIRARD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Two off-duty sheriff’s deputies rescued a man from his burning home that had just sustained an explosion.

The Branch County deputies were driving by and witnessed the blast near Bidwell and Marshall roads in Girard Township, north of Coldwater, around 11:50 a.m. Monday.

The deputies saw a wall of the home had been blown open, and the homeowner standing inside the home, in apparent shock, still trying to use his telephone, according to a police news release.

The deputies entered the burning home and removed the man from the residence. They could feel intense heat radiating up through the floors where the homeowner was standing.

While outside, the deputies noticed their coats, and soles of their boots, were melting.

Deputies also saved three dogs, and were able to hook their vehicle to the owner’s vehicle and pull it away from the burning home.

The extent of any possible injuries to those involved, as well as a cause of the blast, are unknown at this time.

If you have any information about this incident then you are asked to call police at 517.278.3091.

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