Victim in Waupaca County home explosion identified

MANAWA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Deputies in Waupaca County have identified the man killed in a house explosion over the weekend as 64-year-old Mark Zielke. 

Deputies say the explosion occurred just before 9 a.m. Sunday. No other injuries have been reported.

"As I was talking to my brother, yeah, I felt a basically like somebody pushed me from behind as the explosion, or when the explosion went off," said neighbor Justin Wepner.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.


MANAWA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Wisconsin say a man was killed when his home exploded.

Waupaca County Sheriff Tim Wilz tells news outlets that the man killed in the Sunday morning explosion was likely asleep. He had not yet been identified.

Wilz says the home was "totally obliterated." Manawa Rural Fire Chief Rob Rosenau says debris was "scattered all over the place." Rosenau said he'd seen something like the scene "only on TV."

News outlets report the debris spread at least 500 feet (150 meters), damaging nearby properties.

The cause of the explosion has not yet been determined. Wilz says the fire marshal conducted an initial investigation and insurance companies will send over their own investigators.

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