Apartment explosion near Alexandria leaves 2 people injured, residents evacuated

An apartment explosion in the town of Hoffman on Friday morning left two people in the hospital and multiple agencies responding.

An apartment explosion in the town of Hoffman, Minnesota, left two people hospitalized on Friday morning.

According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received multiple 911 calls around 9:30 a.m. about an explosion at the North Star Manor Apartments on the 400 block of Iowa Avenue.

All residents of the apartments were evacuated, authorities have said, with two people being transported to the hospital as a result of the explosion. Authorities did not share the severity of their injuries. 

The Minnesota American Red Cross says it is responding to help people displaced due to the explosion, with efforts coordinating food, shelter, and health services.

Grant County Deputies, the Minnesota State Patrol, Hoffman Ambulance/Fire, Barrett Fire, and Lake Region Ambulance all responded to the scene, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal is currently investigating the cause of the explosion.