5 hospitalized after ice house explosion

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(Photo courtesy: KVLY-TV.)

Five men remain hospitalized in Duluth, with three in critical condition, following a powerful explosion inside an ice fishing house.

According to a KVLY-TV report, the men were on Lake of the Woods at Zippel Bay near Williams in far northern Minnesota.

Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish told the station a propane furnace apparently exploded at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The camper is still intact, except the windows were blown out.

Fish says the flash fire blackened the camper inside.

The victims were all transported to Lakewood Health Center in Baudette, Minn., and then airlifted to a burn center in Duluth, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

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