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Mid-Michigan home explosions may be caused by propane leak

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(10/01/13) - The man who escaped his home after it was destroyed in an explosion remains hospitalized.

The Tuscola County Sheriff's Department says 69-year-old Douglas Shippey is in critical condition after his Wisner Township house exploded.

Investigators believe Shippey was using his stove when the explosion happened.

It is the second time in less than a week that a home in Mid-Michigan has been rocked by a blast like this.

It appears that this house explosion, and last week's in Saginaw County are the result of the same thing - a leaking propane gas pipe.

It was last Thursday night when Dave Leinau went downstairs in his Taymouth Township home to check on the water heater, and just after opening the utility room, he smelled propane gas. Then there was an explosion.

Part of the tri-level home was knocked off its foundation. Leinau, his wife, and their granddaughter were not injured.

Michigan State Police Fire investigators say a part of the piping system inside the home was leaking propane gas, which caused the explosion once the water heater kicked on. Fire investigators believe the same thing happened in the Tuscola County home on Tuesday, the pipe bringing propane gas into the home was leaking.

"You have to check for leaks," said Dave Remer, of Remer Plumbing, Heating in Saginaw Township.

Remer says propane gas is heavier than natural gas, making it more difficult to detect a propane gas leak.

"When you have a leak on propane gas, it's very possible you aren't going to smell it unless you are down by the floor, that's the hazard with propane gas," he said.

Remer says older gas appliance gas connectors, part of the piping system, can leak. He says newer connectors are now in a yellow color and advises any connector that is not yellow might be old and needs to be replaced.

"With age, they can get brittle and they can break without anyone touching them, they can break from vibration," he said.

Remer says there are not just carbon monoxide and radon detectors that you can put in your homes, there are also propane gas detectors available.

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