Dundas, MN – A Dundas man died this weekend from injuries he suffered in a Crow Wing County cabin explosion.

Bruce Rezac, 45, died Saturday, Deerwood Fire Chief John Taylor believes, after trying to light the pilot light of a basement hot water heater in the cabin about 4 p.m. Friday, about 20 miles from Brainerd. Taylor said he suspects that propane gas that settled in the cabin’s lower level was somehow ignited, causing the explosion and subsequent blaze.

Rezac, Taylor said, emerged from the home on fire. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Crosby and later transported to the burn unit at Hennepin County Medical Center, where he died.

Two dogs were with Rezac, family members told Taylor. Only one, which was also burned, has so far been found.

The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the explosion, which blew windows 60 feet from the cabin, Taylor said. A preliminary report on the cause should be complete this week.

Homeowners can minimize the risk of such explosions by checking their gas lines to ensure they’re secure. If the sound of hissing is heard, Taylor recommends the building be immediately evacuated and that light switches be left alone, as even a spark that minor can cause an explosion.

A funeral Mass will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of St. Dominic. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the funeral.

Rezac is survived by his mother, Donna Rezac of Dundas, sister, Ann Rezac of Faribault, brothers David, Joseph and Charles Rezac of Northfield, Donald Rezac of Dundas and Bob Rezac of Lakeville.