No Serious Injuries in Lake County House Explosion

Propane explosion rocks Winfred home off foundation, blows out windows

WINFRED, SD – The Madison fire chief says a family of four was “very fortunate” to make it out of a house explosion practically unharmed Thursday night.

Fire Chief Randy Minnaert says around 7:45 p.m., crews were called to the 600 block of Main Street in the small community of Winfred for a gas explosion.  He says every window in the home was blown out and the house had even been moved off its foundation after a propane explosion in the basement.  It’s unclear what triggered the explosion, the cause is still under investigation.  There was no evidence of a fire in any part of the home.  The family was at home upstairs when the explosion happened.  They all managed to get out of the house safely.  One of the four, a female, sustained what the fire chief described as “slight” injuries.  The other three, including a child, were not hurt.  A woman in the house was cooking on an electric stove before the explosion, but it’s unknown if or how that is related to the incident.  Investigators say the house is a total loss and the family is being assisted by the Red Cross.

Several agencies responded to the scene Tuesday night, including the Madison Fire Department, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Madison Regional Health System.

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