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Conditions improve for 3 victims of ice house explosion

An apparent propane explosion inside this privately owned ice fish house injured five people Sunday at Zippel Bay on Lake of the Woods. Authorities said the blast blew out the windows and caused extensive damage inside the facility. Credit: Northern Light newspaper, Baudette, Minn. Read the article: 5 hurt, 3 critically, in Lake of the Woods ice house blast

DULUTH -- Three of the five people burned in the ice-fishing house explosion Sunday morning along Lake of the Woods have improved.

According to Kim Kaiser at Essentia Health in Duluth, where the men are being treated, Rodney Bolstad, 51, Hillsboro, N.D., has been upgraded from critical to fair condition; Jacob Bolstad, 28, East Grand Forks, Minn., has improved from critical condition to serious condition; and Joel Bolstad, 19, Hillsboro, has improved from serious to fair condition.

William Huotari, Fargo, remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, and Al Stokke, also of Fargo, remained in fair condition.

The five were injured at about 8 a.m. Sunday in an apparent propane explosion in a private ice-fishing house on the lake shore at Zippel Bay, north of Williams, Minn.

The blast blew out some windows and resulted in burn damage to about 50 percent of the structure, according to Lake of the Woods County Sheriff Gary Fish.