(UPDATE) Two victims found after explosion at their Hopkins home
(UPDATE) – The Hopkins Fire Chief held another press conference this afternoon to announce that the bodies of a man and a woman had been found in the rubble left by the explosion that took place. razed their house this morning. The names of the victims have not been released.
Hopkins, MN (KROC-AM News) – A specialist search team has begun digging through the rubble of what was a single-family home in the Twin Cities suburb of Hopkins.
The search is to determine if anyone was inside the house when it was leveled by an explosion around 10am this morning. The Hopkins Police Department reported that Hopkins firefighters and police officers responded to the property around 10:15 a.m.
Hopkins Fire Chief Dale Specken told reporters that the first firefighters to arrive on the scene found the house had completely collapsed and a fire had fully involved the structure, “It was a pretty violent explosion. .As you can see, there’s a pretty good debris field here.” He said the fire was put out fairly quickly and natural gas service to the property was shut off.
As for possible victims, Chief Specken said he was told an elderly couple lived in the house. He says investigators will need to access the wreckage of the house to determine the cause of the explosion.