AUGUSTA TOWNSHIP, MI – A teenager is dead and four other family members
are seriously injured after their Augusta Township home exploded early Friday morning, said State Police Sgt. Tony Cuevas.
A mom, her boyfriend, her 16-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter made it out of the home by jumping through the windows, but 17-year-old Dustin Soik’s body was pulled out of the ruble a few hours after the fire was extinguished.
Neighbors said they heard a loud boom around 5:25 a.m. at the home on 9840 Liss Road and saw the home engulfed in flames.
“It was immediately engulfed. The whole house blew up and there was a couple of booms after,” said neighbor Kathleen Modigell.
All that is left is rubble.
The four family members got out and ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911, investigators said.
“Flames had engulfed both of the cars,” said neighbor Dave Pichan.
The two adults and the two kids were taken to University of Michigan hospital and are being treated for serious burns and broken bones from jumping from the second floor window, said Cuevas.
The mother remains in the intensive care unit, the mother’s boyfriend in is in the burn unit, the 16-year-old is walking and is doing OK, but the 11-year-old was severely burned on her face and has broken bones, Local 4 learned.
Soik was a junior and a choir member at Lincoln Consolidated High School.
His friends hearing of his death were devastated.
“I was so overwhelmed that I just went straight home. I left third and fourth hour. I couldn’t take it,” said friend Nathan Johnson.
Friends said Soik was a people person.
“You needed somebody to talk to — he was there. He was always looking for someone to talk to. He brought a smile to my face,” said friend Ethan Hubbard.
Fire investigators said the explosion began when a wall collapsed and broke a gas meter line. The natural gas leak fueled the fire.
Teen, 17, Dies In Home Explosion