Gas leak, cigarette possibly caused house explosion

A neighbor rushed to the aid of a family whose house exploded in Tracy over the weekend, charging into the burning home to save a baby. The mother and three daughters who lived there were badly injured. Neighbors said the woman told them she had lit a cigarette prior to the blast.
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A mother and her three girls who were badly injured in a house that exploded in Tracy on Saturday morning were airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul and remained there Monday, WCCO reports.

Sonja Timmons, who is still in critical condition, told her neighbors after the explosion that she had lit a cigarette, WCCO says. The cause of the explosion is still unknown, although evidence suggests there may have been a gas leak, the Marshall Independent reports.

Neighbors rushed to the aid of the mother and her daughters in the town roughly 150 miles southwest of the Twin Cities, saving a baby and helping to get them to a hospital, the Marshall Independent reports.

Neighbor Matt Schons, 25, rushed into flames to find the child, his wife said. "He's brave," Sheena Schons, 23, told the Star Tribune. "He said it was instinct when he heard a baby was in there. He said he paid no attention to the flames. He just wanted to get the baby."

WCCO has a phone interview with him:

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