Man injured in Butler County home explosion dies

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BUTLER COUNTY, Kan. (KWCH) James Horn, the man critically injured in a September 11 house explosion near Rose Hill has died, a spokeswoman for Via Christi St. Francis hospital says.

Investigators determined the cause of the explosion was a propane leak in the home's basement.

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The family of James Horn, a man hurt in a house explosion near Rose Hill, says he's in critical, but stable condition.

The Butler County Fire Department says a propane leak in the basement caused the explosion.

The Butler County Sheriff tells Eyewitness News an off-duty deputy helped save Horn's life. The deputy is Thomas Akers.

Akers says he was on his way to pick up his son when he saw smoke and debris coming from a house in his neighborhood. He says he knew something wasn't right and his instincts kicked in.

"I'm the type of person, that if you see something like that, you have to act," said the deputy.

Akers says he ran toward the house and saw a man crawling up from the basement. He got him away from the house and called for help. He says as soon as they got to safety, the house caught fire.

"Just the sheer instinct that someone needed help. If someone was in there, which there was, I would have wanted the same treatment, so you just act on it. You just do it," says Akers.

Horn's family has setup a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical expenses to help them rebuild.

The family says donations can also be made at the First Pentecostal Church, 1755 E MacArthur Rd, in Wichita.

Another fundraiser for the family will be held on Sept. 22 from 4-9 p.m at the Pizza Hut in Rose Hill.