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The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page early Thursday that a Cañon City neighborhood was evacuated after a home exploded due to a gas leak.

Gazette news partner KKTV reported that around 2:30 a.m. a man was injured at his home at 1509 Woodlawn Ave. KKTV reported that the man survived the explosion but was flown to a Denver-area hospital for burn treatment.

Local police identified the man as Matthew Christensen, 32, according to KKTV.

Reports also stated that the house was destroyed and that the explosion sent flames shooting 20 feet in the air. The evacuation order was lifted at 5:30 a.m.