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College Student Killed While Dog Sitting When House Explodes

A 20-year-old woman with plans to become an elementary school teacher was killed this week in a blast at a home where she was dogsitting.

CBS Minnesota reports that Kailey Mach, 20, was dogsitting at a home in Le Sueur County on Friday night when an explosion caused the residence to collapse. Mach was later found dead in the basement of the home. The homeowners, who have not been identified, were away at the time of the tragedy.

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the explosion.

Friends and family said Mach was a high-achieving student at Augsburg University, where she was studying elementary education with plans to become a teacher.

“She always talked about how she was going to change the world by teaching the next generation,” the victim’s friend Shelby told the news station. “She didn’t care if she was having a bad day, if you told her you were upset she wouldn’t rest until she got you to smile.”

The univesity conifrmed Mach’s enrollment in a statement.

“The Augsburg University community is deeply saddened by Kailey’s tragic passing this weekend,” the statement reads. “We offer our profound condolences to her family, friends, professors, classmates, and all who were close to her.”

The report does not indicate whether police have any leads, or whether the animal was also killed in the explosion.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

 

[Feature image: Kailey Mach/Facebook]