Roseville man dies due to fire injuries

By: Kevin Bunch | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published April 18, 2016

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ROSEVILLE — A man died after suffering severe burns following a garage explosion April 4 in the 15000 block of Rudland, near Hayes and Common roads.

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said that they received calls from neighbors around 10:36 a.m. that there was an explosion and smoke coming from the man’s garage, and that they heard someone yelling inside the garage.

“Fortunately, our officer in charge was actually very close to the scene, as was a couple of our (Department of Public Services) workers,” Holland said.

The DPS workers and some neighbors were able to help the victim — identified by Holland as Chris Parada Jr., 32, of Roseville — who was on fire, get out of the garage and were helping put out the flames using jackets to smother the fire when firefighters started to arrive on the scene about two minutes after the call.

Holland said the garage was already “fully involved” in flames, and that it took about 20 minutes to put out the fire. St. Clair Shores also sent firefighters to help fight the blaze, he added.

“There was such a high rate of heat it melted the siding on the other surrounding buildings,” he said.

Parada suffered severe burns and later succumbed to his injuries at a hospital, Holland said, and a funeral service was held in Center Line April 12. Parada’s obituary at www.fordfuneralhome.org notes that he died at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital April 6, and that he worked in construction as well as coached sports.

The investigation was ongoing as of last week. Holland said they do not believe Parada was involved in any criminal activities; rather, Holland said it appeared the garage had a large amount of flammable liquids stored inside, along with a wood-burning stove.

Additionally, Holland said the garage only had one entrance, which needed to be opened electronically. As such, Parada needed to wait for the door to open before he could get away from the flames.

Holland said people should make sure they are in a well-ventilated space while they’re working with flammable liquids to help prevent such a situation.

He also thanked the DPS workers and neighbors for their bravery, as they risked their own safety to help Parada.

A GoFundMe account has been set up at www.gofundme.com/b5xsuweg to assist the family in paying for Parada’s funeral expenses.

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