MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials in Carver County say an 8-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with burns after a water heater explosion Sunday.

According to the Carver County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded Sunday at around 8 p.m. to a residence on the 400 block of Santa Fe Trail in Chanhassen on a report of a water heater explosion.

When they arrived, deputies found an 8-year-old boy with scalding injuries. Deputies also learned the boy had been playing in the utility room with a sibling when he hid behind the water heater.

An inspection of the utility room discovered a broken off pressure relief valve.

The boy, identified as Simon Cox, was taken to Hennepin Healthcare by ambulance with burns, the severity of which is unknown.


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