MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fire investigators have ruled a house explosion and fire that killed two women on July 30 in Minneapolis was an accident.

The explosion happened in a one-story house on the 4300 block of Morgan Avenue North around 12:30 p.m. Investigators said the explosion was caused by leaking gas in a kitchen stove. They said they don’t know how the gas was ignited. Investigators did look into whether the stove was correctly installed.

Elizabeth Mullay, 43, and Valerie VanMieghem-Moore, 41, were both in the home at the time of the explosion and were severely burned. They later died from their injuries.

Investigators said the case is now a civil matter and will be handled by property owners and insurance companies.

Comments (3)
  1. jeff says:

    i’m sorry where are all the fruitloops that said it was a meth lab now? where did your professional opinions go now? i’ll be waiting for a slick smart remark but i won’t hold my breath.

  2. Cindy says:

    God Bless them. So sad.

  3. Kelly Suzick says:

    God bless to Valerie’s family. I knew her & her children. So sad & tragic! She was devoted to her family & was a good woman. This was a tragic accident that took the lives of two innocent young women who left behind families & friends who are devastated!!!

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