An explosion that rocked South Minneapolis last night is being considered the work of arsonists. Investigators are looking into the possibility that the destruction of Hovde's Auto Repair at 34th Street and 38th Avenue was arson. Multiple 911 callers reported seeing people running from the scene of the explosion Thursday night around 10 pm.
Firefighters say the blast was due to an excess build up of natural gas inside of the building. Motor oil and tires gave fire fighters little trouble as they put out the flames in only an hour. The building, which has stood since 1921, will likely not make a comeback according to the current owner of the station because of costly repairs. Luckily no one was injured or killed in the explosion felt miles around. A next door house was heavily damaged when it was struck by debris from the exploding gas station.