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Explosion at rural Twelve Mile residence seriously injures resident

Authorities in Cass County are investigating a house explosion.

Just before 10:00 am Friday Cass County Central Dispatch was notified of an explosion in the area of County Road 600 East and 800 North. Cass County deputies and Indiana State Police troopers responded along with units from Harrison Township, Twelve Mile and Logansport Fire Departments and Phoenix Ambulance Service also responded.

The initial scene was discovered at a residence in the 7000 block of County Road 600 East.

Paul Ulerick, 63, of rural Twelve Mile, was working in his basement when his residence exploded.  A neighbor heard and felt the explosion and was able to remove Ulreick from the debris and fire. Ulerick was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital and then flown by air ambulance to a trauma center in Fort Wayne.

The fire departments extinguished the fire and confirmed that no one else was inside when the explosion occurred.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 574-753-7800.