2 Killed in Hopkins House Explosion

Two people were killed when their house in Hopkins exploded this morning. Herb and Sharon Vassar (85, 83) were the only ones inside the home located in the 200 block of N. 21st Avenue when the blast occurred at about 10:15 this morning.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the blast. Fire Chief Dale Specken told the Star Tribune that it could take a few days to determine if a gas appliance such as a stove, water heater, or furnace was leaking.

The Vassar’s granddaughter told WCCO news that her grandparents had lived in the home since the 1960s. They had five children and 10 grandchildren.

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