Gail and Nancy Schipansky

Marshall woman dies from injuries in home explosion

Six days after a devastating house explosion near Marshall claimed the life of Gail Schipansky, 74, his wife has also died.
Nancy Schipansky, 71, was transported from the scene of the explosion on Aug. 27, and died on Sept. 2 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.
Authorities received a report of a burning home at 6:27 a.m. on Aug. 27. The explosion completely destroyed the home on the 2800 block approximately 11/2 miles east of Marshall on State Highway 19.
The home was completely leveled with debris scattered several yards in all directions. Trees surrounding the property had insulation and other debris caught in the branches. The roof of a nearby shed was filled with debris from the house.
The blast could be felt over two miles away, it was reported by several homeowners and businesses.
Family members and friends were seen going through the debris trying to salvage anything they could as a stream of onlookers and mourners on Highway 19 passed by for several days.
The Lyon County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion while working with the Minneota State Fire Marshall's office. Lyon County Sheriff Eric Wallen reported that no evidence has been found that would link the explosion to any type of criminal matter.
Agencies who assisted and responded to the scene include the Marshall Fire Department, Cottonwood Fire Department, North Memorial Ambulance, the Marshall Police Department and Minnesota State Patrol.
Memorial services for Nancy Schipansky is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. She will be buried with her husband in the Marshall Cemetery.

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