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Published April 04, 2011, 02:22 PM

Explosion at Fort Yates House Injures Baby, 4 Others

Five people including a baby were injured in an explosion early Monday at a house in Fort Yates, on the Standing Rock Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

By: Associated Press,

FORT YATES, N.D. (AP) — Five people including a baby were injured in an explosion early Monday at a house in Fort Yates, on the Standing Rock Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border.

Preliminary investigations pointed to a propane gas explosion, Sioux County Sheriff Frank Landeis said. Officials with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the state Fire Marshal's Office will be determining the official cause, he said.

Landeis did not immediately know if the victims were members of a single family. He also did not know the severity of their injuries, though he said the baby "looked pretty good." Two others were airlifted to a Bismarck hospital.

Officers at the Fort Yates police station heard the blast about 4 a.m. Monday, rushed to the one-story home in the middle of a residential neighborhood and got the people out, Landeis said.

The blast "blew part of the roof off over into the next yard," the sheriff said. "Houses about half a block away, it knocked pictures off the walls," he said.

No one in the neighboring homes was injured, Landeis said.

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