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House destroyed by massive explosion in St. Paul

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UPDATE 12:30 P.M.

St. Paul fire officials have said the person injured in the Friday explosion in St. Paul has minor injuries, and that 11 people have been displaced because of structural damage to their homes on the same block.

The whole block has been condemned.

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Firefighters are on the scene of an explosion that has destroyed a house in St. Paul.

Details are limited at this stage, but the property impacted by the blast is on the corner of Payne Avenue and Edgerton Street, just north of downtown.

The Extra Alarm Association Twin Cities says it's a suspected natural gas explosion and at least one person has been reported injured.

Fire officials confirmed one person was removed from the property, along with a dog and cat.

The Pioneer Press reports the pets seem fine, but there's no update on the person's condition.

MPR News weekend editor Andrew Krueger arrived at the scene shortly after the explosion happened, posting a video showing its devastating aftermath.

A Google Streetview image of the corner taken last year shows that the property affected is a small single-family home.

Next door to it is the Quick Stop Market grocery store.

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Judging by the response on social media, the explosion could be heard far and wide in St. Paul, with some living as far away as Maplewood reporting hearing it.

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