One woman died and two people were injured in a house explosion in Cable, WI on June 14. Raymond Reidl and his wife Joyce Reidl were inside the home when the blast occurred and was immediately followed by a fire around 6 p.m. Raymond was injured but able to escape the home.  Joyce, who was trapped beneath the rubble, was alive when first responders pulled her free but she later succumbed to her injuries.  She was 74. One firefighter was injured during the rescue attempt.

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Fire crews responding to the scene found a huge debris field surrounding the flaming remains of the house located at 45975 South Lake Owen Drive. Responding agencies included: The Namakagon, Grand View, Mason, Barnes and Hayward fire departments along with the Sawyer County EMS, Great Divide EMS, Cable Enforcement Officer and the Wisconsin State Dept of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.

The Reidls were transported by ambulance to a nearby airport and then airlifted to Hennepin Healthcare, formerly known as Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of third-degree burns and other explosion injuries. Hennepin Healthcare is a Level 1 trauma center. Its nationally recognized, multidisciplinary burn center, verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, is considered one of the nation’s finest.

The cause of the explosion and fire have yet to be determined. An investigation of the fire and explosion is ongoing.

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