Cabin Fire

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Sheriff logo - Gordon Ramsay


Sheriff's Office • 100 North Fifth Avenue West • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2340 •

Gordon Ramsay

Date:  November 5th, 2023

Media Contact: Sgt. Nicholas Toewe
(218) 471-7243

Cabin Fire

On November 5th, 2023, at 10:43am, the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office responded to the 11600 Block of Countryside Lane, in Balkan Township, to a reported cabin on fire, caused by a propane tank explosion.  

Investigation of the incident revealed that a 20lb propane tank had been attached to a heater, inside the cabin and was being used to heat the cabin.  The propane tank exploded while a 37 year old female and her 12 year old son were inside the cabin.  Both received burns over large portions of their bodies but were able to walk to a nearby neighbor and wait for help to arrive.  Due to the severity of the burns, both the mother and son were transported by ambulance, to the Hibbing Hospital.  

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and the State Fire Marshal Office.  Names of the involved parties are being withheld pending notification of family.  

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Chisholm Fire Department, Chisholm Ambulance service, Hibbing Ambulance service, Hibbing Fire Department and Buhl Fire Department.