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Garage explodes, three men hospitalized

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An explosion in the garage of a house on Sunday afternoon in Ste. Anne sent three men to hospital with one man in serious condition with burns.

All three men were in the garage when the explosion and subsequent fire occurred at about 3:30 p.m. in the garage of the home, located 42 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg.

"We’re still trying to determine what blew up in it. It looks like gas but we’re not 100 per cent sure yet," said Chief Ken Dayment of the Sainte-Anne Fire Department in a telephone interview. "We haven’t determined what happened but the fire investigator is out here now."

The home was an approximately 1,300-square-foot bungalow with a double garage.

"The damage is pretty extensive. One garage wall was probably blown out about four feet and the garage doors were blown off," Dayment said. "It went from there right into the attic and we managed to stop it right in the attic."

Dayment said it was unusual to have that type of fire.

"You don’t get very many explosions like this, that’s for sure," Dayment said.

The man who is in serious condition was taken to the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg due to the serious nature of his burns while the other two men were taken to hospital in Ste. Anne.

The damage to the home was estimated at about $150,000.

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