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Woman dies in Cable house explosion



UPDATE: According to the Bayfield County Sheriffs Office, Joyce Reidl has died as a result of her injuries from the explosion.  

There is no condition update on her husband Raymond at this time.

A house explosion in Cable has devastated a house, leaving two residents in critical condition, and one firefighter with minor injuries. 

Neighbors called in the explosion at 45975 S. Lake Owen Drive at 6 p.m. Thursday. Authorities say the home was "blown apart in a large area and half of it was engulfed in flames."

According to the Bayfield County Sheriff's office, the two victims are husband and wife Joyce and Raymond Reidl. They were airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital with critical injuries. The extent of their injuries beyond that is unknown at this time. 

Raymond Reidl was able to escape the structure, after the explosion with help from his next-door neighbor. Authorities say Joyce Reidl, however, was trapped among debris. Fire crews were able to rescue her.

Both Raymond and Joyce were flown to Hennepin County Hospital for severe burns and other injuries.

Authorities say, one firefighter went to the Hayward Hospital after sustaining non life-threatening burns while trying to rescue one of the victims. Authorities added that he was able to return to work that night.

No word on what cause the explosion, or the extent of the damages. However, the Division of Criminal investigation of WI and the State Fire Marshall will be assisting the fire department in the investigation. 

Our photographer on scene says hours after the explosion was called in, there was still smoke, ash falling, and the firefighters were still spraying down the house.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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