1 killed, 1 badly burned in house explosion south of Hastings

The explosion was reported just after 6 a.m. Tuesday.
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UPDATE 10:45 A.M.

The Dakota County Sheriff's Office says that one person died in Tuesday morning's house explosion in rural Hampton, Minnesota.

Deputies and local fire departments were sent to the scene of the explosion at 24705 Lewiston Boulevard at 6:14 a.m., and found a man wandering around with severe burns to his body. 

The man told deputies that he was looking for his wife. He was transported to Regions Hospital Burn Center for treatment. 

A search for his wife continued and around 8:55 a.m. a body was recovered "from within the blast debris," the sheriff's report says. 

"It is believed the man and his wife were the only occupants inside the home at the time of the explosion."

The identity of the victim will be released following proper notification of family members. 

The cause of the explosion is under investigation. 

8:30 a.m.

An explosion was heard and felt in Dakota County this morning, with images later showing that a structure had been leveled by the blast.

KSTP had a live video from a helicopter above the scene that shows the wreckage left by the explosion, and while the exact location isn't clear, the TV station says it's on Lewiston Boulevard. That's a road that runs north/south on the east side of Hampton. 

Comments in a Facebook post from the Hampton News suggest that the explosion happened just after 6 a.m. north of Lewiston Boulevard and 250th Street, which would put the location somewhere just outside the small town.  

Other comments indicate that the explosion was felt in Farmington and heard in Hastings, which are eight and 12 miles away, respectively. 

It's not clear if anyone was inside the structure at the time of the explosion. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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