- A Genoa-area man was not injured in the recent explosion and fire
that leveled his home, although he said he lost nearly every
possession he owned.
Beck, a commercial fisherman, was in his driveway when he heard an
explosion Friday around 6 a.m., a news outlet reported.
thought it was my battery blowing up," he said. "Then I
saw it was my kitchen."
kitchen had caught fire and the 76-year-old tried to douse the
flames with a bucket. But as he was walking away, the rest of the
two-story home exploded. Firefighters arrived to find the house
flattened and on fire.
blast sprayed debris onto a nearby highway. An outbuilding that had
served as a fish market was heavily damaged, and Beck's pickup
truck, which was parked in the driveway, was scorched.
gonna get a new truck," Beck joked. "It won't start."
said he suspects a propane leak was to blame. Stoddard-Bergen Fire
Chief Joe Pfaff said the cause was still under investigation
who has fished commercially on the Mississippi River for more than
60 years, said he lost everything except his fishing boat.
started with a boat," he said, "and ended with a