Elderly man injured in St. Paul house explosion dies weeks later

John Lundahl died on Tuesday night, his brother said.
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The man injured when his house was destroyed in a massive explosion the day after Thanksgiving has died.

It was confirmed on a GoFundMe page that John Lundahl, 80, died on Tuesday night.

Lundahl "wasn't responding to treatments for the last week or so and he peacefully went last night," his brother, Dick Lundahl, wrote.

"We cannot thank you enough for all your support and kind words and donations," he added.

"It means so much to us and your donations will be going towards Johnny's hospital bills."

It was initially reported that Lundahl had escaped serious injuries after he emerged from the rubble of the massive blast at his home on the corner of Payne Avenue and Edgerton Street on the morning of Friday, Nov. 23.

But it later emerged that Lundahl had been critically injured in the suspected natural gas explosion, which was nonetheless described as "miraculous" given that the blast, which could be heard from miles away, sent a massive fireball shooting into the sky.

It damaged several neighboring properties as debris rained down to the ground, causing several homes and commercial premises on the block to be condemned.

Dick Lundahl writes that his brother's pets, which survived the explosion, have been rescued and are being cared for.

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