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      Explosion destroys home

      A Florence County Wisconsin man is hospitalized after being severely burned in a house explosion. It happened at 10:45 Wednesday morning.

      F irst responders found the 63-year-old victim with serious burns to his face and lower half of his body. The south wall of the home was blown out as a result of the explosion. The victim was only able to communicate that he was trying to light his wood burning fireplace.

      T he cause of the explosion has yet to be determined. The victim was taken to Dickinson County Hospital and then flown out for additional medical treatment.