WDAY Thursday News Update - 12-13

Ken Otte is in serious condition after his house exploded

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THREE ARRESTED AFTER STRING OF CAR BREAK-INS

Fargo police arrested three people connected to a spree of early morning car break-ins.

Dilworth residents Chancelor Lewis, 20, and Hannah Dahl, 18, are in jail. A third, 16-year-old suspect was released to his parents. Police got the call around 2:30 a.m. this morning. A witness reported seeing three people breaking into cars the 3200 and 330 blocks of 16th Avenue South in Fargo. At least eight vehicles had their windows smashed in, but officers believe even more may have been broken into. Items stolen from those vehicles were found inside the car the suspects were driving. Police are investigating if this crime is connected to similar break-ins reported in Moorhead and Dilworth last night.

SLICK ROADS CAUSE DRIVERS TROUBLE

The Minnesota State Patrol wants to warn you to add in extra time if you plan on driving anywhere this morning.

Freezing rain and snow are making it slick outside. Here's a picture of a semi slide-off troopers responded to this morning on I-94. They've also responded to similar slide-offs near Barnesville and Ashby.

MAN RECOVERING AFTER FURNACE EXPLOSION

As of Thursday morning, nearly $600 has been raised for the Becker County man who accidentally blew up his house.

WDAY News has been following 65-year-old Ken Otte's recovery journey. Otte reportedly tried to light the furnace of his house near Richwood on Friday... but was having trouble. On the fourth try, the furnace exploded. It destroyed the house and a nearby shop. Otte suffered severe burns to his face, neck, and hands. He is in serious condition at the burn center in Hennepin County. For a link to a GoFundMe to help with medical expenses, click here.