A house explosion in the 600 block of Payne Ave. in St. Paul injured one person this morning. John Lundahl, the 80-year-old property owner, was transported to Region Hospital where he is being treated for burns and other explosion injuries.
The blast, which occurred around 8:30 this morning, shook the entire neighborhood and leveled the home as it shot a towering wall of flames skyward. Fire crews arrived at the scene to find a pile of rubble where the house once stood and debris scattered throughout the neighborhood near Swede Hollow Park.
Fire officials say a gas leak is a suspected source of the explosion. Crews from Xcel Energy were also at the scene this morning. Gas and electricity for the entire block were shut off. Five structures, including two neighboring houses and three nearby storefronts, have been condemned due to the structural damage they sustained in the blast.
The investigation is ongoing.
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