Neighbors jump into action to save St. Paul senior from home after apparent explosion

The victim was hospitalized in unknown condition

Sloane Martin
April 20, 2019 - 6:20 pm

Neighbors rush in to rescue an elderly man injured in an apparent explosion at a home on St. Paul's west side.

Firefighters responded at around 2 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 600 block of Hall Avenue near Humboldt High School.

The man's condition is not known. Fire officials say neighbors pulled him to safety.

St. Paul Assistant Fire Chief Matt Simpson says the cause will remain under investigation. 

"This is not something quick we just get to snap our fingers and come up with a cause," he said at the scene to WCCO-TV. "It could be weeks, but we'll make sure w ehave the basics before we get out of here today and then the investigation will be ongoing for some time."

The roof of the two-story home collapsed and was badly charred. 

It took about 20 minutes to douse the flames. No other homes were damaged.

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