Updated July 30, 2021- Family members told the Union-Times that a new washer and dryer were delivered to the home on the morning of the explosion.

This post was originally published July 23, 2021. 

One person is dead and two others are hospitalized after a house explosion in Princeton, MN yesterday afternoon. Eugene Meyer was killed in the blast. His son John Meyer, 59, and granddaughter, Leah Meyer, 39, suffered severe injuries were transported to M Health Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton.


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Neighbors described to local media how the ground shook after the deafening explosion that occurred just after noon on July 22. When they looked and saw the home, located at 1009 8th Avenue North, engulfed in flames, they ran to help.

Kolten Koonce told KARE-11 that he was scanning the flaming wreckage of the home for survivors when he spotted Meyer’s son and helped pull him to safety just as the basement stairs collapsed.

Meyer’s daughter-in-law, Betsy Marquardt, told the station of her profound gratitude to the neighbors who rushed to help. She said her father-in-law was in the kitchen fixing lunch and when he turned the stove on the house exploded.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office, CenterPoint Energy, and the Princeton police and fire departments are all involved in the ongoing investigation into the cause of the explosion.

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