Woman escapes blast in home

June 30, 1994|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

Marjorie A. Russo stood barefoot in her nightgown across the street from her house in the 5800 block of Redmond Street in Brooklyn Park early yesterday and watched it blow apart.

Mrs. Russo, 48, who had escaped with one of her dogs moments earlier, saw pieces of the two-story house that had been her home for 27 years rattle against the neighbors' houses.

Mrs. Russo, who was at her daughter's house in Middle River yesterday afternoon, said she was talking on the phone in the upstairs bedroom shortly before 1 a.m. when she heard an explosion. She slammed down the phone, grabbed her dog Dewey and ran downstairs.

A second dog, Webster, was killed in the explosion.

Mrs. Russo son was not home when the explosion occurred. Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells said investigators do not know what caused the explosion, which caused $200,000 in damage.

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