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Dexter Area Fire Department

Dexter Explosion Victims Identified

Apr 23, 2013

The names of the victims in Monday afternoon's explosion at the Dexter Utilities Department have been released. 

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office says 48 year-old Michael Koch of Brooklyn died of injuries suffered in the explosion.  Koch was employed by Platinum Pneumatical Mechanical. 

23 year-old David McBride of Howell, an employee of Regal Recycling, was injured.  He was last reported in stable condition at University of Michigan hospital.

Dexter Explosion Kills One Man, Injures Another

Apr 22, 2013

One man was killed this afternoon and another injured in an explosion at the Dexter Utilities Department. 

Dexter Area Fire Department Chief Loren Yates says his department responded around 1:39pm.  When they arrived, they found two injured men on the roof.  Chief Yates says it appears the men were using torches inside a processing tank when the flames ignited methane gas, causing the explosion.

The injured men were taken the the University of Michigan Hospital, where Ann Arbor dot com is reporting one of the victims died.  The other is said to be in stable condition.