MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fire officials say they are investigating a house explosion in Hampton that killed one and severely injured another as a potential propane-fueled explosion.
On Friday, the deceased victim in the Tuesday explosion was identified by the Randolph-Hampton fire officials as 56-year-old Theresa Ann Snoeyenbos. Her husband, who was severely burned in the incident, was identified as Brian Suilmann.READ MORE: Community Weighs In On Future Of MPD 3rd Precinct Building
According to the Dakota County Sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a home on the 2400 block of Lewiston Boulevard just after 6 a.m. Tuesday. The explosion was reportedly heard as far away as Farmington and Hastings.
“This is the worst fire I have ever been on, the amount of damage that was done,” said Randolph-Hampton Fire District Chief Kevin Whitsen.READ MORE: Twins Place Pitcher Joe Ryan On COVID Injured List
Several fire departments responded to the scene, arriving to find the remains of a house totally engulfed in flames.
First responders say Suilmann was wandering the scene with severe burns over much of his body, searching for his wife. Her body was found in the rubble at about 9 a.m. He was taken to Regions Hospital with critical injuries.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: Total Positive Case Count Surpasses 1.5 Million
While the exact cause of the fire is under investigation, fire officials say it’s being investigated as a potential propane-fueled explosion.