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Neighbors: Man ran outside on fire after duplex explosion

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The American Red Cross assisted two people after the explosion. The American Red Cross assisted two people after the explosion.
When firefighters arrived at 2468 Brooklyn Avenue, they saw two of the sides of the house were completely blown off. When firefighters arrived at 2468 Brooklyn Avenue, they saw two of the sides of the house were completely blown off.

(WMC-TV) - The investigation continues into what caused an Orange Mound home to explode last night. Neighbors say they a man run out of the duplex on fire after the blast.

When firefighters arrived at 2468 Brooklyn Avenue, they saw two of the sides of the house were completely blown off.

According to The Memphis Fire Department the victim is alive, but he has severe burns over 30 to 40 percent of his body. He ran to Lamar Avenue before being rushed to The MED.

The second person injured in the incident was a neighbor who lived in a home on the other side of the duplex. First respondents confirmed the individual suffered only a minor scratch.

The American Red Cross assisted two people after the explosion.

While the cause of the blast remains under investigation, neighbors said the man may have been trying to light his gas heater when it happened. Fire officials officer advice for residents before they crank up the heater.

"Before you ignite your heating units, make sure they're inspected, cleaned out, free of any debris, [and] your chimneys are clean, fireplaces, any of your heating units," said Memphis Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke.

The man who was burned has yet to be identified. Meanwhile, MLGW inspected underground pipes to check on any possible leaks.

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