IRON RIVER, Michigan – A devastating explosion on Cayuga Street in Iron River has left a trail of destruction, with debris scattered across multiple blocks and neighboring homes severely damaged.
Jackie Orullien, a resident living next door to the house that exploded, described the disorienting moments following the blast. “I thought it was a bomb but then we realized something had happened outside. All the power was out and there was glass everywhere,” Orullien said.
Tragically, the explosion claimed the life of the 80-year-old homeowner, according to Iron River City Police Chief Curt Harrington. However, no one else was injured in the blast. In response to the emergency, the American Red Cross was summoned, and nearby homeowners were evacuated to the Windsor Center for temporary shelter.
Amid the chaos, the immediate support from the community proved to be a lifeline for those affected. Orullien expressed gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support, emphasizing the solidarity within the small town community.
Efforts to assist the displaced homeowners extended to local organizations, with a church at the Windsor Center generously covering the cost of hotel rooms. Timothy Davis, a Disaster Program Specialist with the American Red Cross, highlighted the organization’s commitment to providing essential supplies, including food, to those impacted by the explosion.
While the cause of the explosion remains unknown, law enforcement assured that there is no suspicion of criminal activity at this time. However, ongoing investigations are being conducted, and certain roads in the vicinity will remain closed until the inquiry is concluded.
The name of the victim has not been disclosed, and the Windsor Center has ceased accepting donations due to an overwhelming display of community support. Despite the tragic events, the unity and resilience within the Iron River community continue to shine through.