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An explosion in a Wilton Manors apartment Tuesday morning has left one man in the hospital with burns on his arms.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue received numerous 911 calls around 11:30 a.m. from Manors Grove Village with reports of an explosion on the second floor of the apartment complex, according to Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan.

When fire rescue arrived, they saw smoke and flames that reached into the attic area of the building and the windows were blown out from a corner apartment. The damage was spreading to nearby apartments and the building’s residents were evacuated.

Gollan said that an adult male was found with burns to both of his arms; he was treated on scene and taken to Broward Health Medical Center before being transferred to Jackson’s Miami Burn Center.

“At this time, what we believe transpired was there was remodeling taking place in the apartment,” Gollan said. “There was a solvent being used in an aerosol type form that created a hazardous environment that was ignited by a device that was there, which caused the explosion.”

The apartment itself was not occupied since it was under renovation, and the evacuated residents were able to return to their homes. Had this occurred over the weekend, Gollan said, there may have been more injuries because of the shock waves and glass being blown out.

“Burns are very serious and a very painful injury,” he added. “From experience in an explosion, there's always some kind of traumatic effect that could have life lasting for him, as well as the second-degree burns.”

While the exact details of the remodeling aren’t known, Gollan reminds the public to do your due diligence when doing renovations in the home to avoid injury: reference the building codes, pull the proper permits, work with a licensed contractor, and follow the state statutes that are in place.

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Photos courtesy of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.


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