According to officials, a Hopkins home was destroyed by an explosion and fire on Wednesday early, killing two individuals.
The community was shaken by the “quite strong explosion,” according to Hopkins Fire Chief Dale Specken.
The explosion’s cause is still unknown. In the 200 block of 21st Avenue North, Specken said that workers had not discovered any gas leaks on the building’s exterior.
A Hopkins police spokesman confirmed that two bodies had been pulled from the rubble. They remain unidentified. According to the police, the house housed two elderly folks.
Two homes away from the explosion, Scott Waryan, claimed he initially believed his home had been struck by lightning. Within five minutes, according to him, his neighbor’s house “was up in flames.”