CASS COUNTY, MI – A deadly explosion occurred at a petroleum pumping station in Cass County’s Calvin Township on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, resulting in one fatality and one person sustaining minor injuries. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reported that the explosion was felt by nearby residents, causing concern and prompting a response from emergency services.
The pumping station, owned by Trak Oil Company of Port Huron, MI, was the site of the explosion, which occurred while two men were working on a tank. Unfortunately, the incident resulted in the death of 71-year-old Charles Lawrence from Lakefort, MI, while a 38-year-old individual from Osceola sustained minor injuries.
In response to the explosion, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Penn Township Fire Department, mobilized to the scene. Additional assistance from the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal and the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy is aiding in the ongoing investigation into the cause of the explosion. The incident remains under investigation, and no new information has been released as to the reason for the explosion.
The Michigan State Police Fire Marshal, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Environmental, Great Lakes and Energy, continues to conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. Upon conclusion of the investigation, the affected area will undergo a comprehensive cleaning process. The community awaits further updates on the investigation into this tragic event.