BUXTON — A Buxton man had to be taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland on Wednesday night after a propane gas grill on the rear deck of his home exploded.

Buxton Fire Chief Nate Schools said the homeowner was lighting the grill when the unit exploded. Heat from the explosion melted vinyl siding off the rear wall of the two-story home and scorched the deck.

The homeowner was blown off the deck by the force of the explosion. He was taken to the hospital to be evaluated, but Schools said his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He suffered minor burns to his face and hands.

Three other members of the man’s family were inside the home at 415 Turkey Lane but were not injured, according to Schools.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office planned to go to Buxton on Thursday to investigate the cause of the fire. Schools said the fire, which was reported around 6:45 p.m., was quickly extinguished and the family will be able to live there.

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