Meeker County Sheriff's Office

Three employees were injured in an explosion Nov. 10 at Schlangen's Custom Cabinets in Eden Valley.

The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office received a report at 2:19 p.m. of a fire at Schlangen’s Custom Cabinets, 550 Meeker Avenue. After emergency crews arrived an explosion occurred in a dust collector outside the building.

Three employees received injuries as a result of the explosion. Duane Stang, 46, of St. Cloud, was transported by Life Link Air Ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center for non-life threatening burn injuries. James Thielen, 57, of Richmond, and Scott Thielen, 39, of Eden Valley, received minor injuries and were transported by private vehicles to the Paynesville Hospital.

The fire and explosion appear to be the result of a piece of machinery causing an ember to be pulled into the venting system which resulted in the dust explosion, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.

Eden Valley Fire, Eden Valley Rescue and Meeker County Sheriff deputies responded to the scene.  Also assisting at the scene were the Watkins Fire Department and Watkins Ambulance.

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