A 50-year-old man escaped serious injury Tuesday morning when an explosion destroyed his rural Rochester home.

Shortly after 11 a.m., Olmsted County Sheriff’s deputies on routine patrol saw black smoke coming from the home at 6696 Collegeview Road E.

When deputies arrived, they found the man had escaped serous injury by jumping out of a window after an explosion rocked the home, according to Sgt. Kirby Long of Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

The Rochester Fire Department, along with Eyota and Dover fire departments, responded to the scene. The home was a total loss, according to fire officials. In addition to the home, two vehicles on the property were also destroyed.

Winds assisted firefighters’ efforts as they worked to keep flames away from a propane tank on the south side of the home. It took crews approximately 45 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The home was a 1.5-story, three-bedroom wood-frame house built in 1887, according to Olmsted County records. Richard Cassidy is listed as homeowner.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, according to the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office.

A Deputy State Fire Marshal is being called to the scene to investigate the fire as well as the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office fire investigator and Rochester Fire investigators.

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