Explosion at Saginaw Outdoor Fire Leaves Teens Badly Injured and Critical

SAGINAW, MI – Two teenagers in critical condition following an explosion at an outdoor fire in Saginaw over the weekend. The incident occurred behind a home in the 2300 block of Stone, where a group of six or seven teens had gathered around a fire pit. Along with the two badly injured teenagers, an 11-year-old also suffered injuries.

According to Saginaw fire investigators, the explosion occurred when gasoline was used to ignite the fire, but it remains unclear what exactly detonated. The teens, both 13 years old, were swiftly transported to downstate hospitals due to the severity of their burns. One of the injured teenagers, Riley, is currently in critical condition at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, as confirmed by his father, Jared Shoemaker.

As authorities continue to investigate the cause of the explosion, reminders about fire safety measures have been issued. It is advised not to use accelerants when starting campfires and to burn clean-cut firewood instead of garbage or brush. Suchodolski, the Saginaw fire marshal, emphasized the necessity of obtaining a burn permit before engaging in outdoor fires within the city limits.

The use of accelerants in outdoor fires can pose significant risks, as highlighted by the recent incident in Saginaw. Fire officials urge residents to follow safety guidelines to prevent similar accidents in the future. The involvement of law enforcement agencies like the Saginaw Police and the ATF indicates a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the explosion.

The community in Saginaw is shaken by the unfortunate incident, emphasizing the importance of fire safety awareness, especially during the season when outdoor fires become more prevalent. The well-being of the injured teenagers remains a concern, with ongoing medical treatment and investigations into the cause of the explosion. Residents are urged to exercise caution and adhere to fire safety protocols to prevent such tragedies from occurring again.