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

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.

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.