BREWSTER, Minn. -- An early Friday morning explosion destroyed a trailer house in rural Brewster in southwest Minnesota..
The house’s occupant, identified at the scene by owner John Strouth as Robert Powers, and Powers’ dog both survived the blast, but Powers was transported to a local medical facility for care.
According to Brewster Fire Chief John Garmer, what caused the 6 a.m. explosion is under investigation, and the state fire marshal has been summoned.
“The house completely exploded,” he said. “It’s leveled. … Whether it was propane or whatever, we don’t know that. Something filled the house, and it was completely leveled.”
The trailer house was a rental located on a parcel of land with a larger nearby house. Other buildings on the farm site were also damaged.
Occupants of that residence made the emergency call, but the blast also could be heard for up to 10 miles away, Garmer said..
The Worthington Ambulance transported Powers to Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The status of his condition was not known.
A state fire marshal is investigating.