Tasty Pizza owner burned in oven explosion returns home to recover

Pequot Lakes police and firefighters respond Thursday afternoon, Dec. 26, to a report of an oven explosion at Tasty Pizza North.

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.


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

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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