Lyn-Lake-area house explodes, partially collapses [PHOTOS] [UPDATES]
An image of the residence at 3043 Grand Avenue South that was reportedly the site of an explosion this afternoon.
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Emergency vehicles in the Lyn-Lake area can be heard rushing to 3043 Grand Avenue South, where a home reportedly exploded and partially collapsed this afternoon.
Here's what KARE 11's John Croman heard on the police scanner:
Fire crews arriving at house explosion at 31st & Grand say heavy fire on 3rd Floor, heavy smoke on 2nd floor. Initial report of "collapse"-- John Croman (@JohnCroman) September 17, 2013
Police clips reports that "Multiple FD and EMS units [are] en route. 1st FD Units confirming reports and laying tank line for small amount of fire."
More from Croman:
Shot of 31st & Grand fire from KARE Lake Calhoun Tower Cam. pic.twitter.com/1mMO5EsDuJ-- John Croman (@JohnCroman) September 17, 2013
And KSTP provides this bizarre tidbit:
A reported fire/explosion occurred at a house on Grand Avenue south in Minneapolis. Witnesses say it smells like plastic.-- KSTP (@KSTP) September 17, 2013
KSTP also reports that the initial police call about the blast came in just before 4 p.m.
From Fox 9's Tom Lyden:
First images of house explosion on Grand. pic.twitter.com/YeJ9qdHuBb-- Tom Lyden (@LydenFOX9) September 17, 2013
And another pic from WCCO:
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From Fox 9's Leah Beno:
Sources within MPLS Fire say it sounds like there was a gas explosion which caused the front porch area to collapse.-- Leah Beno (@LeahBenoFox9) September 17, 2013
Closer shot of blown out home in S. Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/SRAQwLtibH-- Blake McCoy (@BlakeKARE11) September 17, 2013
The explosion in s. Minneapolis happened at a single family home. Hennepin Co. medical services said at 4:30 p.m. there are no patients.-- KSTP (@KSTP) September 17, 2013
Sounds lk gas explosion collapsed front porch, firefighters dousing house. Don't know if anyone was inside. pic.twitter.com/YgiwD3nXF4-- maury glover (@maurygloverFOX9) September 17, 2013
There are no reports of injuries at this time.
(Click to page two for more updates.)
On the note of no injuries yet being reported, here's a photo just shared by KSTP's Steve Tellier:
Apparent house explosion at 3043 Grand Ave. in Minneapolis. No reports of injuries just yet. pic.twitter.com/ZLbIPDFi38-- Steve Tellier KSTP (@Steve_Tellier) September 17, 2013
Neighbor Christopher Wallin was in his apartment just next door to the building where the explosion happened when he happened to look out the window.
"I heard an explosion and then a microwave flew out the window," he said. Wallin said he saw other debris fly out of the house and that a table was stuck half in and half out of a window. He saw a small fire and called 911.
KARE's Julie Nelson reports that no humans were injured in the explosion and subsequent blaze, but sadly, there was a victim:
BREAKING: No one home at time of house explosion near Uptown, but a dog died in the fire. We'll have latest from scene at 6:00 on @kare11 .— Julie Nelson (@JulieNelsonKARE) September 17, 2013
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