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Explosion in Valparaiso home burns man's face, blows out windows, firefighters say

Explosion in Valparaiso home burns man's face, blows out windows, firefighters say

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VALPARAISO —  An explosion burned a homeowner's face and hands as well as blew out doors and windows at his Valparaiso house. 

At 5 p.m. Saturday first responders were called to a reported house explosion in the 1300 block of Muscatatuck Drive, said Valparaiso Fire Department Lt. Robert Schulte.

Firefighters found the homeowner suffering from burns on his face and hands outside his house, in which he was the only one inside. The man refused an ambulance at the scene and instead opted to seek medical treatment on his own, Schulte said. 

The burn victim said he was using a hand-held torch to remodel his new house's copper plumbing when the torch blew up in his hand. 

The house had extensive structural damage, Schulte said. The explosion blew drywall off the ceiling and blew out glass windows and doors. The east and west walls were pushed out from the structure. Firefighters said the man was extremely lucky to have not suffered any life-threatening injuries. 

NIPSCO was called to shut off gas to the house and the damage was boarded up. Following the explosion, there were no flames. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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