Video captures violent house explosion in Inkster that sent homeowner to ER with severe burns

DTE crews were working in the area when the house exploded

INKSTER, Mich. – New video shows the dramatic house explosion in Inkster that sent the homeowner to the hospital with severe burns.

The explosion happened on Tuesday (May 2) on Penn Street.

Milton and Mary Ervin, who live next door, have a security camera on their garage that captured the explosion.

In the video, the house was blown several feet off its foundation, followed by smoke and flames.

The Ervins inside their home next door when it happened.

“You’d have to experience it,” said Milton Ervin. “I could feel the heat through the kitchen.”

The homeowner was inside when the house blew and was taken to the hospital with severe burns. There’s been no official update on his condition.

DTE crews were working in the area when the house exploded. One of the crew members was also hurt.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

About the Authors:

Jacqueline Francis is an award-winning journalist who joined the WDIV team in September 2022. Prior to Local 4, she reported for the NBC affiliate in West Michigan. When she’s not on the job, Jacqueline enjoys taking advantage of all the wonders Michigan has to offer, from ski trips up north to beach days with her dog, Ace.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.