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Former Concordia quarterback critically injured in gas explosion

Former Concordia Cobbers quarterback Michael Herzog, center. Sheldon Green / Cobbers Athletics

MOORHEAD, Minn. — A 2014 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School was injured Sunday morning, March 17, in a gas explosion in a fish house in a parking area in Moorhead.

Michael Herzog is in critical condition after sustaining second- and third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, according to a CaringBridge site set up by his family. Herzog is a former Concordia football quarterback.

Herzog was taken by ambulance to Sanford hospital in Fargo and was soon airlifted to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he has been sedated and will be reassessed after 72 hours.

The explosion was reported at 7:48 a.m. Sunday in a fish house that was in a parking area a couple blocks east of Concordia, said Moorhead Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Wallin.

Wallin said firefighters were called to the incident location, and found evidence of an explosion inside the fish house. Herzog was alone. The fire was out when emergency workers arrived.

It’s not known what caused the explosion. The fire investigator is still working on the details of the case, Wallin said.

Herzog was a three-sport athlete at Detroit Lakes High School. He won two state golf championships and is the all-time scoring leader in football.

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