1 injured in commercial truck explosion, man lauded as hero by removing burning clothing


    A man suffered non-life threatening injuries after a power washing truck exploded and caught fire at Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales, located at 4300 Davis Creek Court in Kalamazoo, around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. (WWMT/Ray Hole)

    A man suffered non-life threatening injuries after a power washing truck exploded and caught fire at Schupan Aluminum and Plastic Sales, located at 4300 Davis Creek Court in Kalamazoo, around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23.

    Sgt. Steven Haydock with the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said officers arrived on scene to the fully involved truck fire and a preliminary investigation determined the fire was caused by an exploding generator inside the truck that was used for the power washer. An individual who was near the truck during the explosion suffered minor shrapnel and burn wounds which were later determined to be non-life threatening. He was transported to Bronson Hospital.

    A man who was in the vicinity of the victim is being lauded as a hero, Haydock said, as he acted quickly in removing the victim's burning clothing and saving him from further injury.

    "It really makes me happy when somebody jumps in to save the day, I just always encourage everybody to be cautious and worry about your own safety as well when doing things like this," Haydock said. "In this case, it worked out great and I'm glad he intervened."

    Haydock said the fire, which quickly spread throughout the entire vehicle, was more stubborn than a regular vehicle fire given the gas stored in the rear of the truck for the generator and other chemicals involved for power washing.

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