Freetown man burned in explosion dies

A Jackson County man burned when the furnace in his home exploded Oct. 26 died Nov. 25 at Indianapolis.

David Painter, 54, of Freetown, died at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, where he was taken after the furnace in the basement of his one-story, wood-framed home at 4807 W. Columbus Pike exploded.

Pershing Township Fire Chief Ben Rudolph said an investigation by himself and Josh Kreigh with the State Fire Marshal’s Office showed the explosion was accidental and caused by the way the furnace was being operated or attempting to be operated by Painter.

Painter was treated at the scene by medical personnel with Jackson County Emergency Medical Services before being flown to Indianapolis.

Survivors include his son, David N. Painter Jr. of Sellersburg, and a sister, Teresa Dowden of Freetown.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barkes, Weaver and Glick Funeral Home in Columbus. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Saturday.