Victim of St. Paul house explosion is in 'unbearable pain'

The 74-year-old suffered second-degree burns to his upper body.
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The man injured in a house explosion in St. Paul is in pain described by his son as "practically unbearable."

Mike "Sarge" Schultz, 74, was in his home on the 600 block of Hall Ave. Saturday afternoon when a sudden explosion caused a fire.

Schultz was pulled from the building by two neighbors, with fire officials saying they likely saved his life.

But his son, Lenny Schultz, writes on GoFundMe that his father is in serious pain after the fire.

"He has 2nd degree burns to his arms, hands and head and is heavily medicated, but the pain is practically unbearable," Schultz wrote.

The GoFundMe campaign was launched on Sunday night and has so far raised $500, but Schultz's family is looking for more support as it's not known how long the 74-year-old will have to stay in the burn unit at Regions Hospital.

Mike Schultz lived at the house alone with his cat, Tootsie, whose whereabouts are unknown.

"His cat Tootsie is still unaccounted for and we are praying for her safe return," Lenny Schultz wrote.

The cause of the explosion remains under investigation.

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