A man was killed and his son and granddaughter were injured after a home in east-central Minnesota exploded on Thursday.
Police in Princeton, which is more than 50 miles north of Minneapolis, responded to the scene of the blast just after noon and discovered that the home was collapsed and burning. Video from the scene shows the remains of the home on fire and debris scattered into nearby yards.
Two victims, a 39-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man, suffered burns in the explosion and were taken to a hospital for treatment, according to local CBS affiliate WCCO. Neither their identities nor the extent of their injuries were immediately reported.
The family of the man who died identified him as Eugene Meyer and said that the two surviving victims were his child and grandchild.
“My dad was always caring,” said Dennis Marquardt, who is Meyer's stepson. “If you need help for anything, yeah, my dad would be right there for us.”
A man in a nearby residence rushed over to help the victims after the explosion, saying he thought that an earthquake had occurred.
“I looked outside, and I saw a mushroom cloud across the street, and I knew that they were in trouble,” said Joshua Lamb, who was washing dishes at his girlfriend's house across the street. “Just happened to be at the right place at the right time that these people needed help.”
“The heat was intense, I noticed that right away, but I put that out of my mind because these people were more important than my own life,” Lamb said. “I had to get in there as fast as I could.”
The Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating to determine what sparked the explosion, and local fire and police departments are assisting in the effort. Utility company CenterPoint Energy is also participating in the investigation.
The Washington Examiner contacted the Princeton Police Department for more information.
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Original Author: Jeremy Beaman
Original Location: Minnesota home explosion leaves one dead and two injured