UPDATE: Le Mars Home Explosion Sends Three to the Hospital

July 13, 2022 3:37pm

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Three people are in the hospital after an early morning house explosion in Le Mars.


The explosion was reported around 6:30 a.m. Monday at the corner of 3rd Street and 4th Ave SW. A fire broke out after the explosion which took firefighters several hours to fully extinguish. Le Mars Fire and Rescue currently believe the explosion was caused by natural gas, judging by how the explosion went up into the air instead of out of the sides of the house.


The three people injured were taken to various hospitals. Two were sent to a Le Mars hospital, and officials say they are in “okay” condition. The third person, the owner of the rental properties that were destroyed, was initially sent to a Sioux City hospital before being taken to the burn center in Lincoln, Nebraska.


The house that exploded has been completely destroyed, with a crater where it once stood and debris scattered across the neighborhood. In addition, several nearby homes were damaged by the falling and flying debris.


Le Mars Fire Chief David Schipper compares this to surveying after a tornado.


Le Mars Fire and Rescue was assisted by Orange City and Sioux Center, along with the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Le Mars Police Department. MidAmerican Energy was also at the scene.


Photo and story courtesy of media partner KTIV