Consumers Energy Statement -- Royal Oak Gas Incident

             Consumers Energy Statement -- Royal Oak Gas Incident

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 28, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Consumers Energy today released
the following statement regarding the Royal Oak gas incident:

Late Wednesday afternoon, Consumers Energy received a call regarding an
explosion in the 4000 block of Cooper Street in Royal Oak. The explosion
destroyed one home and caused severe damage to adjacent homes. We are saddened
to report that one person was found deceased in the home that exploded. First
and foremost, our thoughts are with the deceased individual's family, friends
and loved ones.

Consumers Energy is cooperating with the Michigan Public Service Commission
(MPSC) and other regulatory agencies in an investigation of this incident.
Preliminary testing has determined that a gas service line to the house was
damaged and was the possible cause of the explosion. However, the
investigation is continuing under the supervision of the MPSC. Consumers
Energy is in the process of testing other gas services in the vicinity of the
incident and is committed to assuring all of its facilities are safe and
intact before restoring gas service to the area.

Additionally, the company reports the following:

  oConsumers Energy has arranged hotel accommodations for affected local
  oWe are working with the Salvation Army on providing hotel transportation
    for those who cannot access their vehicles.
  oConsumers Energy remains on the scene to assist local residents and the
    Royal Oak community.
  oConsumers Energy is checking individual homes for safety issues. 
  oIf residents smell natural gas, we encourage them to call Consumers Energy
    immediately at: 1-800-477-5050.

The safety of our community, neighbors and employees remains a top priority.

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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SOURCE Consumers Energy

Contact: Debra McIntyre-Dodd,+1-586-918-0597 or Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395
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