Man critically injured when explosion rocks Iowa house

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man has suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion at a home just outside the Cedar Rapids city limits, authorities their said.

The explosion occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday as Joshua Thomas, 24, of Marion, was working on the property, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said. Thomas suffered severe burns from the blast and was taken by a medical helicopter from the scene of the explosion to an Iowa City hospital, officials said.

Thomas was the only person on the property at the time of the explosion, and the only person injured in the explosion, Sheriff Brian Gardner said.

Fire investigators were working to pinpoint the cause of the explosion, but Gardner said officials had narrowed down that it was fueled by natural gas or propane.