Several Hurt In Massive Gas Explosion In Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

BREAKING: Gas EXPLOSION completely destroys buildings in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA

An explosion rocked the downtown area of a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, after a contractor struck a natural gas main Tuesday, injuring two firefighters and a police officer, authorities said.

Multiple news source state that Sun Prairie's emergency services led a five-block evacuation of the downtown area after the blast leveled several restaurants, cars and local businesses.

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. 'I thought someone had hit the building with their vehicle'.

Spokespeople from WE Energies said the explosion happened after contractors evidently punctured a 4-inch hole in the main line, causing a natural gas leak for a building in the area.

Officials say one firefighter has died and another firefighter remains in critical condition following the explosion.

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.

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Around 7 p.m., a huge explosion occurred, sending plumes of smoke high in the area. He also worked as a real estate agent and owned the Barr House - destroyed in the blast. "We are hurt, but we will come back", Garrison said.

Konopacki also says some civilians were treated for minor injuries, but none were taken to hospitals.

Firefighters from Sun Prairie and surrounding communities responded to the scene. As of 2:15 p.m. on July 11, the fundraiser had exceeded its goal - $20,184 of $15,000.

Barr's wife, Abby Barr, said in a statement that Cory Barr was "the best husband a girl could ask for" and lived his life by the motto "happy wife, happy life". Authorities evacuated buildings within a half-mile radius of the center of the explosion.

"It shook the whole building", Thompson said.

"It was a very complex situation", she said.

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