Minnesota News Roundup: Uncapped sewer line causes home explosionMinnesota News
-- Fire officials say an uncapped sewage line was the cause of an explosion that injured a man last week near the southern Minnesota town of Freeborn.
FREEBORN, Minn. - Fire officials say an uncapped sewage line was the cause of an explosion that injured a man last week near the southern Minnesota town of Freeborn.
Fire Chief Steve Seipp says that sewer gas had backed into the house from the septic tank and was sparked when 75-year-old Ralph Yotter turned on a light switch Friday afternoon. Yotter was burned on his face and body and was in critical condition Tuesday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His wife Patricia was outside at the time and suffered minor injuries. The home was destroyed.
Tomorrow is "World Blood Donor" day. Sue Gonsior with the American Red Cross says people are encouraged to donate during their "Live to Give" summer blood drive. She says all blood types are needed throughout the summer months but O-negative is always in high demand because it's universal. To make an appointment to give, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to red-cross-blood-dot-org.
With foreclosures starting to move down on the food chain, Twin Cities home prices increased again in May. The Minneapolis area Association of Realtors reports the median sales price of a home is now up to $169,000 dollars. That's a more than ten-percent increase over a year ago. But despite the boost in buying and prices, home inventories are way down, making buying a house right now a bit more tedious.