Man hurt in Glendale home explosion

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GLENDALE, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A man is injured after a home explosion in Glendale.

Firefighters used high-powered streams to knock down unstable parts of the house here in the 5600 block of North Sievers Place, which they say is a total loss.

Neighbors say it started with a big boom.

They say at first they thought it was a tree falling over -- then they saw flames.

Firefighters were called to the scene just after 3:00 p.m. When they arrived, they transported the man -- who they said had significant, but non-life-threatening wounds. He was taken to a burn center.

Neighbors who pulled him out of the fire say it's likely a cigarette that may have caused the fire.

"I saw him coming out of the front window yelling for help, my husband and a couple other neighbors pulled him out to safety, and the house was pretty much engulfed in flames within a couple of minutes," said neighbor Diana Sanders.

"Obviously right now we're worried about that individual's care, we will, as the investigation goes on, get a statement from that individual and hopefully be able to collaborate that and see if that ultimately that was the cause or not," said Battalion Chief of North Shore Fire Rescue Dan Tyk.

Firefighters say the cause is under investigation. at this time -- but We Energies was called to the scene to turn off gas to the home and others nearby.

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