Officials: 3 injured in explosion, fire at Iowa apartment

(Associated Press | AP)
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 9:56 PM CDT
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CRESTON, Iowa (AP) - Fire officials in southwestern Iowa say three people have been injured in an explosion and resulting fire Friday morning at a Creston apartment building.

Television station KCCI reports that the explosion was reported at about 9 a.m. The Creston Fire Department says two of the three injured were flown to area hospitals.

Fire officials say they believe the explosion was caused by a resident smoking while operating a medical oxygen tank. Fire Chief Todd Jackson tells KCCI that he and other firefighters helped residents escape the fire through exits and windows.

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