UPDATE: Victim named in Hancock Township house explosion, fire

A house explosion on M-203 killed Deborah Mann, and sent one other to the hospital.
Photo from the scene.
Photo from the scene.(WLUC)
Published: Aug. 30, 2022 at 11:34 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2022 at 12:51 PM EDT
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HANCOCK TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Thursday, the Houghton County Sheriff identified the woman who died in a Hancock Township house explosion and fire Tuesday, Aug. 30.

According to the Sheriff, Deborah A. Mann of Hancock Township died at the scene of the explosion and fire on M-203.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation. For more information about the fire, see previous updates below.

Last published: Aug 30, 2022 10:20:58 PM

The Houghton County Sherriff’s Office says one person was pronounced dead after a house explosion on M-203 in Hancock Township. The female body is consistent with a 64-year-old resident who was unaccounted for after the explosion and fire.

Authorities say the name is being withheld pending autopsy and identification.

The woman’s husband was able to exit the residence and was transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. He was treated and released for his injuries sustained in the incident.

The Michigan State Fire Investigator was contacted and arrived on the scene to investigate. The cause of the explosion and fire is still being determined at this time.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank all of the volunteers and local businesses who donated food and water to the volunteers on the scene.

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit, Calumet Township Fire, Quincy Franklin Fire, Allouez Township Fire, Hubbell Fire, Tamarack City Fire, Mercy EMS, REA Power, MJO Contracting, Superior Search and Rescue and the Houghton County Medical Examiner’s Office all assisted.

Last published: Aug 30, 2022 6:42:29 PM

A State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a house explosion that happened in Hancock Township Tuesday.

At around 9:00 a.m., the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office says it was dispatched to a residence in Hancock Township on M-203 for a possible building explosion and fire. The home is near McLain State Park.

Deputies arrived on the scene along with multiple fire departments and found the residence destroyed and still on fire.

Property was still on fire when fire departments arrived on scene.
Property was still on fire when fire departments arrived on scene.(Joe Provost)

One person was transported to Keweenaw Aspirus Hospital in Laurium. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

A state fire marshal is en-route and the cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

TV6 will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.