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UPDATE: Homeowner killed in Holland Township house fire

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM)-Investigators are working to determine the cause of an explosive house fire that killed one man.

It happened shortly before noon Sunday at a home in the 14000 block of Foxtrail Drive in Holland Township. Witnesses say they heard an explosion before the flames started. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved. It took crews about an hour to knock down the flames. The sheriff's department says a 27-year-old man safely escaped, but his father, who owned the home, could not.

"[The younger man] is emotional," said Lieutenant Steve Kempker of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department. "He did attempt to go back in [the home], but again was forced back out by the flames and smoke in the house."

After waiting hours to stabilize the home, investigators were finally able to enter it, and found the 49-year-old man's body inside. They're withholding his name while they notify relatives.

The Red Cross is providing support for the family.


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