- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

HANKINSON, N.D. (AP) - A man was seriously injured when he was doing maintenance work in the boiler room of a southeast North Dakota school.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department says 63-year-old Mike Dehn, of Enderlin, received severe burns while he was working Wednesday morning at a Hankinson school.

Dehn, who is an employee of HA Thompson and Sons, was airlifted to a Fargo hospital.

Hankinson Schools Superintendent Chad Benson says the boiler was undergoing annual maintenance and was not on at the time of the incident.

Benson says the school was evacuated for about 45 minutes after the incident because school officials were uncertain about the condition of the boiler room.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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