A propane tank explosion at Bair Lake Bible Camp in Jones, Michigan, injured the camp’s facilities manager and damaged one of the camp’s cabins on July 8, 2018.
The employee, David Stiles, is a resident of Jones. Investigators told the Kalamazoo News that they believe Stiles was doing maintenance work on a cabin when the explosion happened. The explosion also set the cabin on fire. According to the Cass County Sheriff, the fire was put out by the Newberg Township fire department.
Stiles was airlifted to South Bend Memorial Hospital. The camp’s Facebook page reports that he is in critical condition with burns.
The Facebook page also says that at the time of the explosion, no children were in the camp. They added, “This was an isolated incident due to an equipment malfunction that provides no future safety risk for any of our campers or staff.” They requested prayers for the injured man.
The Facebook page later carried a report from Stiles’ wife, who wrote, “He is in critical condition with burns covering 90% of his body. He is deeply sedated and will be for some time. The next few days are important. After that, he faces a long recovery that will be brutal (that was the doctor’s term).” She also requested prayers.
Responses to the Bible Camp Facebook posts showed an outpouring of support and concern for the injured man.
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Detroit Free Press. “Authorities: Bible camp worker injured in propane tank explosion.” Associated Press, July 9, 2018.
Solis, Ben. “Propane tank explosion injures Bair Lake Bible Camp employee.” Kalamazoo News, July 8, 2018.