A local man has been hospitalized after an explosion inside an outbuilding where he was apparently working on a furnace Thursday night.
Leonard Hartje, 72 of 5632 160th Avenue, was transported to Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and Lifeflighted to Omaha. He was later taken to a burn center in Lincoln, Neb., where he was being treated Friday.
A propane line leak in the basement of the outbuilding apparently caused the gas to build up, and with an ignition, explode. Damage to the building was estimated at around $50,000.
Sheriff's deputies, Storm Lake Fire Department and ambulances from Storm Lake and Newell responded. SLFD and the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department investigated.