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Family: Man who saved girl dies weeks after explosion

May 10, 2021 GMT
An explosion destroyed a house Monday, April 12, 2021, in Marshall, Mich. Eight people were taken to hospitals. Authorities believe a natural gas leak might have been the cause. Marshall Fire Chief Martin Erskine said all eight were taken to either Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo or Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, with some believed to have serious injuries. He said officials are gathering information on their identities and medical conditions. (Trace Christenson/Battle Creek Enquirer via AP)
An explosion destroyed a house Monday, April 12, 2021, in Marshall, Mich. Eight people were taken to hospitals. Authorities believe a natural gas leak might have been the cause. Marshall Fire Chief Martin Erskine said all eight were taken to either Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo or Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, with some believed to have serious injuries. He said officials are gathering information on their identities and medical conditions. (Trace Christenson/Battle Creek Enquirer via AP)
An explosion destroyed a house Monday, April 12, 2021, in Marshall, Mich. Eight people were taken to hospitals. Authorities believe a natural gas leak might have been the cause. Marshall Fire Chief Martin Erskine said all eight were taken to either Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo or Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall, with some believed to have serious injuries. He said officials are gathering information on their identities and medical conditions. (Trace Christenson/Battle Creek Enquirer via AP)

MARSHALL, Mich. (AP) — A man has died weeks after he was among eight people who were injured in a natural gas explosion and fire at a southern Michigan home.

Family members said Dustin Boggess, 38, rushed back into the Marshall house to rescue a 2-year-old child during the April 12 incident. He died Friday.

“If he had a chance to do it all over again, knowing that he would still lose his life, he would do it in a heartbeat,” cousin Ashley Johnson told WOOD-TV. “That’s just who he was.”

A 27-year-old woman remains at University of Michigan hospital, and the girl is at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Marshall Fire Chief Martin Erskine said Monday.

Erskine said he didn’t have any details about Boggess’ rescue effort.

“All occupants were out of the house upon our arrival,” he said.