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UPDATE: Homeowner Dies In Drummond Island Home Explosion

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UPDATE: April 9

A quick update on the deadly home explosion in Chippewa County last week.

State police now confirm it was the homeowner who was killed in the blast on Drummond Island, but aren't releasing her name.

Fire investigators are coming back to the scene Friday to meet with the utility company to try to pinpoint the source of the propane leak they believe caused the explosion.


March 31

Michigan State Police say a woman died in an explosion on Drummond Island.

The home was completely destroyed in the explosion just before 9:00 AM. 

The blast was heard and felt in across on the island. 9&10 news spoke to a man who lives seven miles away from the home. He says he clearly felt the explosion when it happened. People on Drummond Island say they are used to feeling quarry blasts, but this felt different.

After the explosion, smoke was spotted coming from the area.

While searching the property, investigators found the body of a woman. Her name is not being released until family is contacted.

The scene was a mess on Monday afternoon. Debris is on the lake, in the trees, and on neighbor's property. Neighbors nearby are either seasonal or on vacation, and have thousands of dollars in damage to come home to.

Firefighters heard a buzz coming from the propane tank when they arrived on the scene, and quickly turned it off. They do not know what caused the explosion. 

The fire Marshall was on scene Monday investigating a cause.

The medical examiner's office says it will take time to identify the woman killed in the blast. 

9&10's Alyssa Gambla and photojournalist Erin Malone spent Monday in Drummond Island to get more information on the explosion.