Iron River, Michigan – A devastating explosion at a house on Cayuga Street in Iron River Saturday night has left many neighboring homes damaged and debris scattered across multiple blocks. The 80-year-old homeowner was killed in the explosion, but fortunately, no one else was injured.
Jackie Orullien, a neighbor who lived next door to the house that exploded, described the disorienting moments after the blast as the power went out and glass littered the area. She expressed gratitude for the immediate support from the tight-knit community, as nearby homeowners were evacuated to the Windsor Center for shelter.
The American Red Cross was quick to respond, providing food for the displaced homeowners and covering the cost of hotel rooms with the help of a local church. The outpouring of support from the community was described as “absolutely amazing” by Orullien, emphasizing the unity and generosity of the small town.
As the investigation into the cause of the explosion continues, law enforcement and fire officials have closed several roads in the area and assured residents that no criminal activity is suspected at this time. Despite the overwhelming support from the community, the Windsor Center announced it is no longer accepting donations as they have been inundated with assistance for those affected by the explosion.
The name of the man killed in the explosion has not been released yet as the investigation is ongoing. The community remains in shock, coming together to provide comfort and assistance to those impacted by the tragic event.