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Douglas County, Minnesota, man injured in house explosion

The incident is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal Office.

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The chimney of a house was cracked and moved away from the foundation after an explosion occurred on the inside of the house. The homeower, Scott Bany, suffered extension burns and was airlifted by LifeLink from the scene.
Celeste Edenloff / Alexandria Echo Press
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HOLMES CITY — A Holmes City man was injured when an explosion happened inside his home Tuesday, July 5.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office was called to a residence at 6128 County Road 4w southwest in Holmes City at 11:51 a.m.

The homeowner, Scott Bany, 62, was the only one home at the time. He was injured in the explosion, receiving burns to several parts of his body, according to a family member on scene. Bany was treated by North Memorial Ambulance personnel and then airlifted by LifeLink lll for further medical treatment.

The State Fire Marshal's Office was summoned to the scene to assist with the investigation. The Alexandria Fire Department also responded to the scene.

According to Alexandria Fire Chief Jeff Karrow, his firefighters have been busy as they also responded to a house fire around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at a residence at 1907 North McKay Avenue and also responded to a large dumpster fire shortly after 5:45 a.m. at McDonald's at 853 Highway 29 North.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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