August 27, 2014

Elyria
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Grill tank explosion injures Amherst man

AMHERST — An Amherst man was seriously burned Wednesday after a propane tank he was using on an outdoor grill exploded, Amherst fire Chief Jim Wilhelm said.
The man, whose name was not available, was taken by ambulance to CHP Regional Medical Center and then flown to Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, Wilhelm said, adding that the man’s injuries were not considered life threatening.
Wilhelm said firefighters were called to the man’s North Dewey Road home at about 7:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found the house was on fire as well, he said.
Firefighters suspect the tank malfunctioned and exploded.
“He got pretty well burned up, his legs and his arms,” Wilhelm said. “He was standing right next (the tank).”
A woman was in the man’s house when the tank exploded, but she wasn’t injured, Wilhelm said.
The explosion ignited the rear of the house, and about 25 Amherst firefighters — as well as crews from Elyria Township — fought the fire, knocking it down by 8:23 p.m.
Wilhelm said he’s never heard of a propane tank exploding with that magnitude, and crews are trying to determine the cause of the incident.
Damage to the home and contents was estimated at $100,000.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.