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Crews dug through the remains of a home in rural Muskegon County on Wednesday, trying to determine what caused an explosion there the day before.

WoodTV News reported that a father and his 17-year-old son were hospitalized with severe burn injuries, but they are both expected to survive. Brandon Stock was listed in serious condition in a Grand Rapids hospital; his son, Riley Stock, was listed in fair condition.

Muskegon County explosion:
Loud boom like a ‘bomb’

The blast occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and flattened the Stocks’ home on Barnes Road north of Evanstan Avenue in Egleston Township, between Ravenna and Muskegon. The two Stocks were in the basement when it happened, and they needed to be out of the wreckage.

Neighbors described a loud boom and concussion; one woman said it was the “loudest thing” she had ever heard. Another neighbor said it was like “a bomb,” and another said he saw flames shooting above the trees.

The Stock family’s dog was found down the road, but the cat was missing as of Wednesday.

Muskegon County explosion:
Neighbors rally around Stocks

WoodTV News reported that neighbors in the community, which is called Wolf Lake, are ready to help the Stock family.

“When something like this happens in our community, within hours you’ve got somebody organizing and everybody pulls together to give what they can and be there for that person, no matter who it is,” said Becca Schwartz, a librarian at the Ravenna Branch of the Muskegon District Library.

Ravenna schools put out a notice asking for donations – such as gift cards and baby supplies – for the expected granddaughter of Brandon Stock. His daughter, Riley’s older sister, is pregnant.

Additionally, an account has been set up at the Choice One Bank (3069 South Slocum Road) in Ravenna where people can donate funds or drop off items between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. Donations also can be left at other locations, including Amy’s Shear Perfection hair salon (4967 East Apple Avenue) in Muskegon, and the home of Chuck and Becca Passenier, neighbors of the Stocks.

Muskegon County explosion:
Home a popular gathering spot

The Passeniers’ son was across the street from the home when the explosion occurred. “It was really loud, scary,” said the son, who is also named Chuck. “Never heard anything like it. Didn’t know what to do at first.”

He said the Stocks will get lots of support. “They’re just kind of one of those families that invites lots of people over, especially with their family all living over there, it’s just kind of the center gathering place,” he said.

Muskegon County explosion:
No criminal activity suspected

Michigan State Police have ruled out any criminal cause to the explosion.

“This is very typical of some sort of gas explosion, but at this point we don’t know what caused it or what failed,” Egleston Township fire chief Mark Cleveland said. “This is the third kind of that explosion during my career of 28 years.”

Witnesses said Riley told them that the explosion occurred just after the clothes dryer was turned on.

DTE Energy crews were among the investigators looking into what happened. “They (DTE) have a gas main across the road here that they put in recently and they wanted to make sure that none of this was caused by them at this point,” Cleveland said.

Muskegon County explosion puts father and son in hospital

A Muskegon County explosion Tuesday put Michiganders Brandon Stock and his son, Riley, 17, in the hospital with serious burn injuries.

Billings gas explosion:
Two people hospitalized

From KTVQ News in Billings, Montana: A natural gas explosion sent two people to the hospital early Monday morning with severe burn injuries. No further information was made available on those injured, other than that it was a man and a woman.

Billings Fire Department deputy fire marshal Jeff McCullough said the blast occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Monday. The explosion was caused by a natural gas leak.

The explosion in the 800 block of South 24th Street happened in the “back bedroom” of the house, which sustained approximately $75,000 in fire and structural damage.

The investigation into the cause of the gas leak is ongoing.

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