House explosion in St. Paul injures at least 1, displaces 8

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a gas leak could be to blame for a house explosion that injured at least one person in St. Paul, but the investigation into the blast continues.

The explosion happened about 8:30 a.m. Friday, sending flames and debris into the air. One person was pulled from the wreckage. Deputy St. Paul Fire Chief Dave Berger said the man in his 60s was conscious when he was taken to a local hospital, but his condition was unknown.

Debris was strewn about the intersection. The Star Tribune reports that two neighboring houses and three storefronts were condemned by the city and more were being evaluated. At least eight people were displaced.

A dog and a cat also were rescued.

Gas and electricity was turned off to the entire block.