Clean up, investigation continues in deadly Royal Oak house explosion

1 man killed, dozens of homes damaged in blast on Cooper Avenue

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - The investigation continues Thursday into the cause of an explosion that leveled a Royal Oak home, killing a man and damaging dozens of homes in the neighborhood.

The blast happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Cooper Avenue, which is near Woodward Avenue and Normandy.

Daniel Malczynski age 58, was killed in the blast.

Neighbors reported windows shattering and burning wood and other debris damaged the area.

Georgeanna Kralik said she's still shaken by her windows blowing out.

"It was so loud I screamed," she said. "It was like a big bomb went off."

Kralik said she knew the man who lived in the home and is devastated he's now gone.

"Beautiful family, it's just a terrible tragedy," she said.

Kralik has been evacuated from her home for the investigation.

Royal Oak Fire Chief Chuck Thomas said the homes in the immediate area are being checked for structural damage. He didn't give an exact time on when people would be allowed back into their homes.

Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison called the incident "heart wrenching."

"The really sad thing is when you look into the trees and you see debris from the home and personal effects," Ellison said.

Consumers Energy working with police, fire

Consumers Energy said its crews had been on the street in days before the blast to replace a natural gas main. The company hasn't confirmed if that was related to the blast.

Consumers, a subsidiary of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp., said the investigation which could take months.

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In an interview with Local 4, Consumers spokeswoman Debra Dodd once residents are allowed back into their homes, employees would be going in with them to check all appliances, re-light them if necessary and check for the presence of gas.

"We will be there hand-in-hand with residents," she said.

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