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Man hurt when heater fuel tank explodes at home

An effort to stay warm in Caldwell County caused a small explosion, sending one man to the hospital.

The explosion happened at a mobile home in Caldwell County about 10 p.m. Saturday. Collettesville Fire Chief Larry Price said the man was using a propane heater designed for outside use to keep warm after the home lost power because of the wind.

Price said the man hooked up a heater with a second tank nearby, causing it to overheat and explode, blowing out walls and windows of the home.

Officials say the man was able to use a fire extinguisher to put out the flames before firefighters arrived. He told crews he got out of the house by shooting out a window and crawling out.

According to crews, the man, who was not named, was conscious and talking when they got on scene, but he suffered second- and third-degree burns and was taken to the hospital. WBTV