Water heater explodes; injured man flown to hospital from Clinton home

A man suffered burns in Rock County after an appliance exploded Wednesday morning, officials said.

The Clinton Police Department said first responders were called at 9:10 a.m. to a home in the 400 block of Highland Park for a report of an injured man and possible fire.

Officers found a person with burn injuries from an explosion caused by a water heater, police said. Officers made sure everyone was out of the house and used a fire extinguisher to put the fire out.

“When I went in there, there were draperies that were on fire and then the hot water heater was steaming still,” said Officer Jeremiah Burdick, of the Village of Clinton Police Department.

Burdick said the man had been remodeling the home when the explosion happened. Neighbors were able to call 911.Water heater explodes; injured man flown to hospital from Clinton home

The injured male was taken to UW Hospital by helicopter, police said. He suffered burns on about 60 percent of his body, but Burdick said they think he’s going to be OK.

“He was conscious, coherent the whole time,” he said. “If it wasn’t for EMS getting here as quick as we did, it could have been worse.”

The Clinton Fire District and the Town of Turtle Fire Department extinguished the fire. Clinton fire and police, with the assistance of WE Energies, are investigating the incident to determine the cause.