Holton Township, Mich. (WZZM) - Investigators say a Muskegon County man escaped a fire, but died of an apparent heart attack soon after.
Around four Saturday afternoon, firefighters from Holton Township were called to the 7100 block of Holton-Duck Lake Road.
When they arrived, they found a garage on fire and flames spreading to the house.
They also found the homeowner, 58-year-old Earl Nickels on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"We had understood from some of the neighbors that there was an explosion and apparently some people had said that they were working in the garage on a vehicle and had an explosion and the fire erupted from that," said Art Stevens, the Fire Chief for the Holton Fire Department.
Stevens says a welder left on in the garage started the fire.
Nickels and his family were in the house at the time. They got out safely, but Nickels collapsed by the road.