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Michigan man who used lit match to find gas leak suffers first degree burns

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PORT HURON, Mich. -

A Port Huron, Michigan, man suffered first degree burns to his face after a house fire on Saturday.

According to Port Huron Battalion Chief Mark Ford, the homeowner smelled a gas leak in his home Saturday morning and went to investigate. The man had reportedly recently installed a natural gas water heater.

"He went down there and he used a match, lit, to find the leak," Ford told the Port Huron Times Herald

The gas ignited and the burst of flames caught the man's face and the electrical service breaker box. The homeowner cut power to the house when the box started sizzling.

The man was taken to the hospital with first degree burns on his face and forearms.

Responding fire crews worked for an hour to put the fire out. 

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