At 6:14 a.m., Dakota County Sheriff's Office deputies and first responders from Randolph/Hampton Fire and Northfield Fire were dispatched to a house explosion at 24705 Lewiston Boulevard, which is south of the City of Hampton. The Sheriff's Office received reports that the explosion could be heard as far away as Hastings and Farmington.
Upon arriving, deputies observed a male wandering the scene with severe burns over much of his body. He stated he was looking for his wife. Deputies and firefighters began providing care and first aid and searching for the spouse. The male was later brought to Regions Hospital Burn Center for care.
At approximately 8:55 a.m., a body was recovered from within the blast debris. At this time, it is believed the man and his wife were the only occupants inside the home at the time of the explosion.
The Sheriff's Office wishes to extend their sincere condolences to all touched by this tragic event. Identification of the victims will be released once confirmed and family members are notified. We ask for your patience during this investigation while investigators attempt to determine the cause of the explosion.
Inquiries into the investigation can be directed to Chief Whitson at Randolph/Hampton Fire, phone number 507-263-3797 or firstname.lastname@example.org.