Woman killed in southern Minnesota house explosion, fire

According to the sheriff’s office, the only person in the home at the time of the explosion was a 20-year-old woman who was dog-sitting.

LEXINGTON, Minnesota — A woman died Saturday night after a home in Le Sueur County exploded and caught on fire.

According to Le Sueur County Sheriff Brett Mason, a 911 call for a reported house explosion on 211th Avenue in Lexington Township, about six miles northeast of Le Center, came in at about 11:25 p.m. Saturday.

When fire crews and deputies arrived at the house, they found that it had indeed exploded, which caused the house to catch on fire and collapse, according to the sheriff’s office.

Once crews began putting out the house fire, officials say first responders soon learned that the family who lived there was gone, but a 20-year-old woman, later identified as Kailey Mach, was staying there to watch the house and the homeowner’s dogs.

Fire crews found Mach’s body in the basement of the home after putting out the fire, officials say. 

The associate vice president of marketing and communications from Augsburg University told KARE 11 that Mach was enrolled at the school, and released a statement about her untimely death.

“The Augsburg community is deeply saddened by Kailey’s tragic passing this weekend, and we offer our profound condolences to her family, friends, professors, classmates, and all who were close to her.”

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office and State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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