UPDATE: 1 firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion

 weau.com  7/11/2018 2:03:45 AM  2

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) – One firefighter was killed and several others were hurt in an explosion that happened downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday.

According to officials, a total of six firefighters were hurt responding to the fire after the explosion. Four with minor injuries and one with critical injuries, but is in stable condition.

The explosion happened on Tuesday around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol Streets after police were called to the area for a gas leak.

A spokesperson with We Energies, Amy Jahns, said a contractor, who is not affiliated with the company, hit a We Energies gas line causing a leak and then an explosion.

Sun Prairie police Lt Kevin Konopacki said the Barr House, Glass Nickel Pizza, the Watertower Chop House and a residence nearby suffered significant fire damage. There is no timetable yet for when people will be allowed back in the half-mile radius/evacuation zone

Lt. Konopacki said Wednesday morning during a press conference that firefighters did an initial clearing of buildings in Sun Prairie — and no one was found. Firefighters were still battling flames more than three hours after the explosion.

A utility spokeswoman says a contractor struck a natural gas main shortly before an explosion rocked a suburb of Madison.

WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says the utility's first responders are in downtown Sun Prairie working to shut off the flow of gas and make the area safe.

The explosion rocked the community of about 30,000 around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, sending a massive plume of smoke into the area and sparking flames.

Dane County Sheriff's Office operations manager Paul Logan says some people have been taken to hospitals, but he said no deaths had been reported. Logan had no other details.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities in Wisconsin say several people have been taken to hospitals after an explosion in a Madison suburb but that no deaths have been reported.

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. But Logan says there are no deaths "at this point."

Logan says he has no additional information at this time.

Witnesses heard a large boom around 7:15 p.m., and a massive plume of smoke rose from the downtown area. Police blocked off downtown streets and firefighters and utility companies were on the scene.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) --A major fire has broken out in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, after a loud boom was heard.

Witnesses say the boom around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday shook Sun Prairie. A massive plume of smoke is rising from the downtown area in the community of about 30,000 people.

Firefighters from Sun Prairie and surrounding communities are responding to the blaze.

Police have blocked off downtown streets from traffic and onlookers.

The area has several businesses including bars and restaurants.

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