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Explosion rocks building in Dickinson, N.D. industrial park

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

DICKINSON, N.D. - An early morning explosion in Dickinson's industrial park west of town woke many residents and left one building smoldering in rubble.

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Authorities say no foul play is suspected and say it is propane-related but are looking for the source of ignition.

At about 4:35 a.m., residents awoke to a loud rumbling followed by an explosion. Dickinson Rural Fire Chief Curt Lefor said are were no fatalities and no injuries.

Lefor says the destroyed building was a 5,000-square-foot steel structure that stored oil-related equipment. He says two large trucks that were inside were destroyed.

South of Zeller Construction, what remained of a building lay burning at about 5 a.m.

Dan Krebs and Steve Forester own the building. B & B Oil Service rents a portion of the building. A number of nearby buildings were also damaged in the incident and debris could be found several hundred feet away.

Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy said at a morning press conference that 12 people had called 911.

Reports thus far show the explosion was heard from 27th Street West and as far east as Sixth Avenue East.

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