Three Hurt in Eden Valley Business Fire
EDEN VALLEY -- Three people are hurt after a fire and an explosion Thursday at an Eden Valley cabinet maker.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Office says fire and rescue crews were dispatched to Schlangen's Custom Cabinets at 550 Meeker Avenue at about 2:20 p.m. on a fire call. After emergency crews arrived an explosion occurred in a dust collector outside the building.
Sheriff's officials say 46-year-old Duane "Butch" Stang of St. Cloud was airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center for non-life threatening burn injuries. Two other employees, 57-year-old James Thielen of Richmond and 39-year-old Scott Thielen of Eden Valley received minor injuries and were treated at Paynesville Hospital.
Authorities say the fire and explosion appear to be the result of a piece of machinery causing an ember to be pulled into the venting system which caused the fire and subsequent blast.