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House explosion sends one to hospital

A house explosion June 30 in Todd County has left one person with severe burns to most of her body.

The explosion happened around 3:30 p.m. at 22832 161st Ave., Osakis in Leslie Township, just northeast of the Head of the Lakes Resort.

One person, identified as Christy Bearson, 34, was severely burned as a result of the explosion.

According to the Todd County Sheriff's Office, Bearson was attempting to light the pilot light on a household appliance when a gas fire erupted. Ricky Peterson, 36, who was also at the house, was outside of the residence at the time of explosion. Peterson reportedly suffered some minor burn injuries.

Bearson was transported to CentraCare Health in Long Prairie, where she was then airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center for further treatment. Long Prairie Fire Chief Jim Kreemer reported that Bearson apparently sustained burns to 90-95 percent of her body.

The Long Prairie Fire Department responded to the scene, but there was no fire after the explosion, according to the fire chief. The fire department remained on the scene for one hour.

The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota state fire marshal.

Echo Press News Editor Al Edenloff contributed to this report.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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