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Update: No new victims found in explosion that killed a Sun Prairie firefighterSubmitted: 07/10/2018
Update: No new victims found in explosion that killed a Sun Prairie firefighter
Story By Associated Press

SUN PRAIRIE -
Police say an initial sweep found no new victims in the buildings damaged by a fatal explosion and fire in the southern Wisconsin community of Sun Prairie.

Sun Prairie police Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki says there have been no reports of people missing following the gas leak and explosion blast Tuesday evening that killed a firefighter and injured more than a dozen other people.


Officials say at least five structures were damaged. Authorities have cordoned off a half mile radius from the blast zone downtown.

We Energies has said a private contractor struck a natural gas main, causing a leak. The explosion and fire followed about half an hour later, raining fiery debris on downtown streets, igniting vehicles and sending a plume of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles.

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One firefighter has died and another was critically injured in a gas explosion and fire that leveled several buildings in downtown Sun Prairie.

Authorities said at an early Wednesday morning news conference that at least six firefighters were injured along with some civilians when a private contractor struck a natural gas main about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived to investigate the leak and cordon off the area. The buildings exploded a short time later raining debris in the downtown area. The fire resulting from the explosion ignited some cars parked in the area.

A plume of smoke could be seen for miles around the community of 30,000 near Madison.

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Police in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, are lowering the number of people taken to a hospital following a powerful explosion.

They originally said one police officer and two firefighters were taken to a hospital following the explosion Tuesday evening in downtown Sun Prairie that came after a contractor reportedly struck a natural gas line. Lt. Kevin Konopacki now says the officer was treated at the scene.

Konopacki also says some civilians were treated for minor injuries, but none were taken to hospitals. He didn't have an exact number.

No deaths have been reported, but Konopacki says damaged buildings will be searched after flames have been extinguished.

Konopacki says firefighters and police responded to a reported gas leak about 6:20 p.m. Witnesses reported the explosion about 7:15 p.m. A utility spokeswoman says a contractor had struck a natural gas line in the area.

Authorities evacuated a five-block radius and set up a shelter at Sun Prairie High School.


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