Jeremy Droscha, father killed by house explosion, mourned in Eaton Twp.

EATON TWP. – A farmer, balloonist and father of three has died after an explosion at his Eaton Township home Tuesday.

Jeremy Droscha, 43, died Friday at a Grand Rapids treatment facility surrounded by family, his cousin Adam Droscha said.

Jeremy suffered second- and third-degree burns on more than half of his body in the incident. His 4-year-old daughter Aubrey, also in the home, was almost entirely unscathed.

Jeremy Droscha of Eaton Township, top second from right, with family.

“I’m just going to miss having that big brother figure,” Adam said through tears over the phone Saturday.

The family had originally thought Jeremy faced a long road to recovery and would remain in a coma for up to two weeks. But things took a turn Friday as fluid built up in his lungs, his cousin said.

Charlotte Fire Department responded to an explosion at Droscha’s home in the 2000 block of Stewart Road on Tuesday. He was initially transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing with critical injuries, then flown to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor for further treatment.

By the time fire crews arrived, the building was a total loss, Charlotte Fire Chief Robert Vogel said.

Michigan State Police believe the explosion was caused by a propane tank, Vogel said.

Jeremy and Jessica Droscha of Eaton Township.

Droscha’s wife, Jessica, and their two elder children were not home at the time of the blast. The 4-year-old was treated for very minor injuries at the scene, Vogel said.

“It’s a true miracle that she survived,” he said.

Droscha worked in real estate with RE / MAX and as a farmer. He owned Hillcrest Organics, a USDA-certified organic farm, growing corn, soybeans, hay and mixed vegetables, according to its Facebook page.

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