Wright County house explosion destroys home

A house exploded in Wright County Thursday morning. 

The incident happened on 53rd Street Northeast in Otsego. The home was unoccupied — no one lived there — at the time of the explosion. A neighbor who was working on their deck called in the explosion, they said. 

Chris Dunleavy, the assistant chief of the Rogers Fire Department, told FOX 9 the fire department was called for a building explosion. Upon arrival, the house was fully involved. The fire department tackled the flames from all sides to put the fire out. 

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A house exploded in Wright County on May 4, 2023. (FOX 9)

As of 10:35 a.m. Thursday, firefighters were still extinguishing some hot spots. Heavy equipment, including front-end loaders, were brought into move some items, so firefighters could better get to the hot spots. 

Dunleavy said it was a vacant home, and to their knowledge no one was there at the time of the explosion. The person who owns the home lives across the street. They said no one lives there.

A cause of the fire has not been determined.

Mutual aid from three cities responded to the blaze.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.