December 11, 2018 10:18 PM
Friends and neighbors have identified the person injured Tuesday afternoon during a garage explosion as 21-year-old Mason Zacharias.
He lives at the home with his father on the 13000 block of Dellwood Way in Rosemount.
According to police, the blast occurred about 12:30 p.m. Zacharias was the only person home at the time.
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His longtime friend and neighbor Colin Larson said it shook his entire house. Larson stepped outside to see what was going on and noticed Zacharias' garage had been blown up and out.
"I actually heard Mason from down here, he yelled someone come help me in the garage, I am injured and we all booked it," he said.
Several other neighbors joined Larson and ran to do what they could to free Zacharias. They said he was conscious, bleeding badly and trapped by the cascade of metal and crumbling debris.
Rosemount firefighters and police officers took over, extricated Zacharias and rushed him to Region's hospital in St. Paul to be treated for traumatic injuries.
Friends said photos posted by Zacharias on social media show who he is-- a motor head who loves to ride, especially dirt bikes. He could often be seen tinkering on a project in the garage.
The Rosemount fire chief said Tuesday the contents of the garage look like any other: there is equipment, vehicles, a propane tank and water heater. It will take time to track down the cause. The State Fire Marshal's office is also involved. They have ruled out natural gas.
On Wednesday, authorities will go through the home to see if it is structurally safe and livable.
Mason is listed in critical condition.
"It kind of sucks it's 14 days until Christmas, I will keep him in my prayers," Larson said.
Beth McDonough & Tommy Wiita
Updated: December 11, 2018 10:18 PM
Created: December 11, 2018 04:49 PM
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