Fairbanks

5 injured in Fairbanks propane explosion

Update, Tuesday, 11 a.m.: All five people injured last weekend in a propane explosion at a Fairbanks home are now receiving Outside medical care, with few details yet available on the blast.

In a brief dispatch Tuesday, the State Fire Marshal's office identified the injured as Fairbanks residents Ellen Weiser, 69, David Weissman, 64, and Morganne Armstrong, 26, as well as 27-year-old Colin Campbell of Tanana and 21-year-old Meadow Batejan of Pennsylvania.

"All victims were transported to a hospital in Seattle for further treatment of their injuries," the dispatch said.

Staff at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said Weissman, Armstrong and Batejan were listed in critical condition Tuesday afternoon, with Weiser and Campbell in serious condition. All five were still being treated at the hospital's intensive care unit.

The Rosie Creek Road explosion, first reported just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday night, initially sent all five people to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. An initial dispatch on the incident said it "appears to be the result of a propane leak."

Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Megan Peters said Tuesday that investigators weren't immediately releasing any further details about the blast or any potential criminal charges connected with it.

Original story: A propane leak was responsible for a blast that injured five people Sunday evening at a Fairbanks home, the Alaska Department of Public Safety said.

The patients were all taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital from the Rosie Creek Road residence after the explosion, which was first reported at about 5:35 p.m. Sunday, DPS spokeswoman Megan Peters said in a dispatch posted online.

"The explosion resulted in some serious and potentially life-threatening injuries to a couple people involved," Peters wrote.

No fire was reported as a result of the blast, which is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office.

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