Bob Peterson, who owns Tasty Pizza North in Pequot Lakes with his wife, Mary, suffered burns in an oven explosion reported just after 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, at the restaurant on Peterson Path, just off Highway 371.

Peterson is back home and is doing well, according to the Tasty Pizza North Facebook page, and he needs a few weeks of recovery. The restaurant is open for business.

North Memorial Ambulance transported Peterson, who was then taken to Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis. The Tasty Pizza North Facebook page said he was transferred to the hospital's burn unit.

Friday morning, Dec. 27, a Facebook post read: "Good news, Bob's breathing tube has been removed! He was able to talk on the phone for a sec. Please keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming."

The explosion was caused when the pilot light in an oven was being re-lit after it had gone out, Pequot Lakes police said in a news release. The Pequot Lakes Fire Department found no gas leaks inside the restaurant.

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North Air Care couldn't fly because of the weather, so Peterson was taken from the restaurant by ambulance.