(WCCO) — Authorities are investigating after a house exploded in St. Paul Friday morning, sending debris flying across the surrounding area.
The incident occurred at around 8:40 a.m. Friday at the intersection of Payne Ave. and Edgerton St. in St. Paul.
According to the St. Paul Fire Department, the explosion resulted in a lot of damage to surrounding structures, with a lot of homes damaged.
According to fire officials, one victim — a man in his mid-60s — was found inside and taken to a nearby hospital, where he is expected to recover.
Fire crews are working to determine how extensive the damage is, but have condemned the whole block. They are also working with Xcel Energy crews to cut off a gas line.
In total, 11 people with home damage were displaced.
Xcel Energy released a statement Friday morning:
“‘Our thoughts are with the residents affected by this incident. We are working with fire officials and emergency responders on the scene, and our emergency responders have completed safety checks of the area to confirm it is safe. We will coordinate with fire officials on the investigation into the cause of the incident. Protecting the safety of the public and of our employees is a core value and we take it very seriously,” Xcel said.