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Friends remember victim of Sun Prairie home explosion

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Friends and family remember Andrew Manley, the 26-year-old UW graduate tragically killed in Tuesday's explosion in Sun Prairie.

They are of course shocked and saddened by Manley's sudden death. Those who knew him say he was an amazing person and a great friend.

Manley was just 26 at the time of the explosion. He grew up in Brodhead and went on to study at the UW for both undergrad and grad school.

His tragic death was shocking to everyone who knew him.

Eduardo Cavieres says, "My last image of him was as a fine young man, just about to start his career with a lot of dreams, hopes, a lot of energy."

Andrew Manley's life was tragically cut short Tuesday morning, when this house he was in exploded.

UW Athletic Department spokesman Justin Doherty says, "In some ways it's an unimaginable thing to happen and it's a member of our athletic family."

Manley spent his time at UW working in the athletic department's video services. He traveled with the football team and took his passion for sports to Atlanta where he spent the summer interning with the Falcons.

Doherty says, "By all accounts from our video services staff he was just a wonderful worker, a good guy and very well like and did a good job."

His other passion was teaching. Eduardo Cavieres was Manley's university supervisor during his semester of student teaching.

Cavieres says, "He was always very warm with students, that always caught my attention."

He describes Manley as a humble student with a lot of energy, a big heart and big dreams of becoming a teacher.

Cavieres says, "I don't know Andrew's family, but I definitely I have them in my mind right now and if I could I would definitely send them a word of comfort and just reinforce something they definitely know. That Andrew is a great person and I'm sure he was going to be an excellent teacher too."

There were two other people in the home at the time of the explosion. U.W. Health officials say Lindsey Stephany is in good condition and Steven Slack is in fair condition.

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SUN PRAIRIE (WKOW) -- Members of the UW community are remembering the victim of Monday's Sun Prairie home explosion.

The Dane County Coroner identified the man as 26-year-old Andrew John Manley. Preliminary autopsy results show Manley died of the injuries he sustained in the explosion.

UW Hospital says the two other people hurt, Steven Slack is listed in fair condition and Lindsey Stephany is listed in good condition.

Police say natural gas caused the explosion early Tuesday morning.

Justin Doherty of the UW Athletic Department tells 27 News Manley worked as a student with video services for the UW. Manley was a student in the UW School of Education.

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