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September 15, 2012 09:54 PM

House Explosion Under Investigation In Tracy, MN

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On Saturday morning, residents of a small southwest Minnesota town were woken up by the sounds of emergency vehicles as crews responded to a house explosion around 9 a.m.

Now, what’s left is debris, caution tape and embers.

The explosion happened on the 200 block of Elm Street in Tracy, Minnesota.

Fire crews say they received the call shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and once they were on scene, they got to work.

"The fire department quickly extinguished the flames," Tracy fire chief Dale Johnson said.

Firefighters say the family inside the home was gone before they arrived. But neighbors say one adult and three children were home when the explosion happened.

Luke Ostgaard lives in the house next door and says the scene was a lot to take in.

"It looked like a war zone, a lot of people, a lot of fire trucks," Ostgaard said.

A friend of the family's, Ostgaard says all four people were airlifted from the scene.

Crews spent the afternoon washing debris off the road and making sure the house was closed off.

"We just got done mopping up everything and getting out all the hot spots put out," Johnson said.

And as Ostgaard sits outside his house looking at the scene, his thoughts go out to his neighbors.

"Good luck. God bless. A lot of people are praying for you guys," Ostgaard said.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

We've confirmed the name of the adult in the house as Sonia Timmons. She's in critical condition at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

We do not know the conditions of the three children.

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