PLAINFIELD - Officials say a Plainfield woman has suffered burns over more than half her body after her refrigerator exploded in the kitchen.

The woman's two young children also suffered slight burns in the explosion which set their two-family house on fire just after 7 p.m. last night. The mother was taken to a hospital in Livingston with burns covering up to 60 percent of her body and the children were taken to a local hospital.

Authorities believe the explosion was triggered by a compressor in the refrigerator. The fire lasted about 30 minutes and left nearly a dozen people homeless.

AP wire services contributed to this report.