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2 airlifted to Duluth hospital with serious injuries after Carlton Co. home explosion, fire

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Photo Courtesy Carlton County Sheriff's Office

SILVER TOWNSHIP, MN -- Authorities say two women inside a Silver Township home when it exploded are being treated for serious injuries at a Duluth hospital.

According to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, authorities responded to the home at Korhonen Road, near Kettle River, around 8:53 p.m. Tuesday.

A 75-year-old woman was injured and along with a 52-year-old woman who was, at one point, trapped inside the basement.

Authorities say the 52-year-old was escaped before first responders arrived.

Both women were taken to Moose Lake's Mercy Hospital before they were airlifted to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth.

The 52-year-old told authorities that the house exploded after she turned on the furnace.

Kettle River's Fire Chief, Kyle Reil, offered advice to those who may be fearful this could happen to them.

"Definitely have your furnace serviced every year to make sure everything is good to go. CO2 monitors are always a good thing to have as well," Reil said.

The exact cause of the explosion and fire is still under investigation, according to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have not identified the victims.


Kettle River, MN-- Emergency fire crews are on scene of a house fire in Kettle River, just outside of Moose Lake.

A KBJR 6 reporter on scene tells us multiple fire departments are helping fight the flames.

Fire officials said the fire was caused by an explosion.

Two people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The State Fire Marshal is headed there to investigate.

The scene is still very active as firefighters work to put out hot spots and smoke.

The home appears to be destroyed. A nearby car was also on fire.

This is a developing story. We will have more details as they become available.

Check back for updates at KBJR6.com

Jessie Slater

Evening Anchor and Reporter

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