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Man dies in Medina apartment building explosion

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MEDINA, Ohio -- A 18-year-old man was killed in an apartment building explosion on Thursday.

According to the Medina Fire Department, the explosion happened around 3:15 a.m. at the Medina Village Apartments on Springbrook Road.

When firefighters arrived, they found the eight-unit building in flames.

Medina Fire Chief Robert Painter told Fox 8 the 18-year-old man was bedridden and his parents went back into the building to try to save their son. Painter said the man's mother also died in the fire.

Thursday afternoon, we contacted MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after receiving several calls from the family. The hospital said the victim's mother is in critical condition. The Ohio State Fire Marshal confirmed one fatality.

There is no word on the condition of the man's father.

Painter said another resident suffered minor injuries after slipping on the ice.

A Medina dispatcher said approximately 20 people were displaced from their homes by the fire.

The Ohio State Fire Marshal is on the scene to investigate.

At 1:10 p.m. the story was updated with information from the family and MetroHealth Medical Center on the condition of the mother. A 3:20 p.m. update included details from the Ohio State Fire Marshal.