UPDATE: Rural Storm Lake, Iowa man critical after explosion
NEWELL, Iowa (KTIV) -
A rural Storm Lake, Iowa man is still in critical condition, after suffering injuries in an explosion.
The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department says a propane line in the basement of an outbuilding caused the explosion.
It happened around 8:45 Thursday evening at 5632 160th Avenue.
Buena Vista County Sheriff's officials say 72-year old Leonard Hartje was in the basement of an outbuilding working on the gas furnace when something went wrong with a propane line.
Even though he was seriously hurt, authorities say Hartje crawled out of the basement, over to the propane tank and shut it off.
He then made it to the house where a family member called for help.
The blast was so powerful, it also damage a nearby building.
"Actually, there's an attached building to the south of it that actually when the explosion occurred, it went through the doorway and blew out a wall on the east side of that building. And it also shifted the structure he was in approximately a foot to the north," Sgt. Marty DeMuth, Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department said.
Hartje has been transferred to Saint Elizabeth's Burn Center in Lincoln, Nebraska for treatment.
There was about $50,000 damage done to the building. The incident is still under investigation.
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