Harbor Beach Woman Killed in Home Explosion

HARBOR BEACH, MI – A 69-year-old woman was killed and her 50-year-old daughter was severely injured when their home exploded last night, Saturday September 14th, 2019.

At approximately 7:45PM the Huron County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located at 1467 S. Lakeshore in Sand Beach Township on a report of a home explosion.

When deputies arrived at the scene, Harbor Beach Fireman were battling the blaze and several other fire departments were responding. Shortly after arriving on scene, deputies were advised that a 69-year-old mother, identified as Sally E. Pullen and her 50-year-old daughter, identified as Elizabeth A. Sarnowski, were home at the time of the explosion.

The daughter, Elizabeth Sarnowski, had been ejected from the home when it exploded. The mother, Sally Pullen, was still trapped inside of the burning residence. Before rescue arrived on scene, neighbors had tried frantically to get to the woman but were unable due to the fire.

Elizabeth Sarnowski was taken to Harbor Beach Community Hospital for treatment of injuries by Eastern Huron Ambulance Service.

Firefighters battled the blaze until they were able to get to the trapped victim. It took them almost one hour and forty five minutes to get the flames under control where it was then safe to find the trapped victim.

Unfortunately, Sally Pullen was found deceased and officially pronounced dead at the scene by the Huron County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators from the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal’s Office responded and began their initial investigation. Arrangements are being made for an autopsy to possibly take place today.

Other agencies responding to assist where the Harbor Beach Police, Sherman Township Fire Department, Sigel Township Fire Department, Port Hope Fire Department, Delaware Township Fire Department, Bingham Township Fire Department, Bad Axe Fire Department and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

This investigation will be ongoing.

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