2 injured when house explodes, catches on fire in northern Minnesota

One victim said when she turned on the furnace, the house exploded.
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Two people were injured after an explosion and fire leveled their home Tuesday night in Silver Township in northern Minnesota. 

According to the Carlton County Sheriff's Office, the explosion was reported at 8:53 p.m. on the 4000 block of Korhonen Road. 

The initial report said a 75-year-old woman was injured and a 52-year-old woman was trapped in the basement. She did get out of the basement before the Kettle River Fire Department arrived. 

The victims, who are related, were transported to Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and then flown to Essentia St. Mary's in Duluth. Their conditions are not known. 

The Minnesota Fire Marshal's Office and the Carlton County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the cause of the explosion and the fire. The 52-year-old victim said that when she turned on the furnace, the house exploded. 

Fires and explosions caused by furnaces are rare because newer furnaces are designed to shut off when there's a problem, but they can happen. To avoid this, and other furnace risks like carbon monoxide poisoning, the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's website encourages having your furnace inspected annually.

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