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Mobile home blast kills 2 in North Mankato

By Ryan Prescher

While this is not news within the metro, this is one of the more important stories within the state this weekend.

Two people died after an explosion and fire at a mobile home park in North Mankato, the KSTP.com article “Explosion kills two in North Mankato? by the Associated Press, stated. Police say they received several 911 calls early Friday morning. When firefighters arrived at the Camelot Mobile Home Park, the rear of the mobile home was “fully engulfed.? Two bodies were found, but the names have not been released, the article stated.

The KSTP.com article presented the most important information regarding the fire and deaths. It is surprising the article did not include more sources. The only source included is the authorities. In addition, the article does not appear to have been updated since Saturday morning. It is likely that there are new updates, but the article does not report them.

Another source that included this story was the Star Tribune. The article “Two bodies found after explosion in mobile home? by Sarah Lemagie, is entirely different from the KSTP.com article. First, the article starts with an anecdotal description of a nearby neighbor who saw the mobile home start on fire. Secondly, there are several sources such as neighbors, police and the Ramsey County medical examiner. The story is set up in much more informal way. For example, the KSTP.com article is written in an inverted pyramid form, while the Star Tribune article is much more story like. In addition, the article also updates readers about the names of the victims.