Gas Explosion Kills One, Sets Multiple Buildings Ablaze in Wisconsin Suburb

13 Juillet, 2018, 06:51 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Gas Explosion Kills One, Sets Multiple Buildings Ablaze in Wisconsin Suburb

The powerful blast around 7:15 p.m. sent a plume of smoke and flames into the air. I thought someone had hit the building with their vehicle.

WE Energies spokeswoman Amy Jahns said workers for a private contractor punctured a 4-inch gas main, causing a leak that resulted in the explosion that rained debris around the downtown area and ignited vehicles parked in the area.

Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki said that around 6:20 p.m., firefighters and police responded to a reported gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie, a community of about 30,000. The benefit account was started by the family's church in Sun Prairie.

Dane County Sheriff's Department operations manager Paul Logan says people were hurt in the explosion Tuesday evening in Sun Prairie, which has about 30,000 people. We will keep on building from this.

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Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, identified the firefighter who was killed as Cory Barr. Witnesses said the fire broke out after a loud boom Tuesday night shook the community. "It could have been a lot worse", Konopacki said.

Schulze said WE Energies was still working Wednesday afternoon to restore gas service to the 500 customers who were affected by the explosion. One of those firefighters was critically hurt.

A police officer and several members of the public were treated on the scene with minor injuries. Police set up a half-mile perimeter around the site. He said they both served on a downtown business committee. "As soon as we can get this secure and get people to their homes, we're going to do that", Konopacki said. Hundreds of residents were displaced from their home and found shelter at area schools and churches. About 32,800 people live in Sun Prairie.

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