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Forum News Service, Published January 02 2014

House explosion in Wilton injures Utah man

WILTON, N.D. - A Utah man was injured when a house exploded here shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday morning.

The man, identified as Ernest Miller, was transported to a Bismarck hospital. Miller, who was renting the property, was home alone when the explosion happened.

About 20 firefighters from the Wilton and Baldwin fire departments arrived on scene shortly after the explosion. After sweeping the neighborhood, no other damage was found. “Throughout the town, over five blocks away, people could feel the boom,” said Wilton Fire Chief J.D. Young Bird.

The cause for the explosion was not known Thursday. The state fire marshal and crews from Montana-Dakota Utilities were assessing the damage. The rental property is a total loss.

Wilton is about 25 miles north of Bismarck. The city is part of Burleigh and McLean counties.