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

BREAKING: Gas EXPLOSION completely destroys buildings in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA Explosion rocks US suburb after gas main hit
Deanna Wagner | 13 July, 2018, 06:52

One firefighter has died and another was critically injured in a gas explosion and fire that leveled several buildings in downtown Sun Prairie. W. Main St. around 7 p.m.

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

Crews were on the scene within minutes, as multiple departments from across the state were in Sun Prairie for Capt. Cory Barr's procession from McFarland. We will keep on building on this.

"I always looked up to him and admired him because I feel like it takes a special kind of person to be on a fire department and be running in toward something that everyone else was running away from", she said. Firefighters and police in the community of about 30,000 had responded and Konopacki says an evacuation was underway when the blast occurred.

Another firefighter suffered critical injuries in the blast but has since been listed as being in a stable condition, according to Sun Prairie Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki.

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The restaurant is at 101 W. Main Street, across the street from The Barr House, which was destroyed in Tuesday's natural gas explosion.

"They were not doing work on our behalf", Schulze said.

No deaths have been reported, but Konopacki says damaged buildings will be searched after flames have been extinguished. Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the couple's church, has started a GoFundMe page to support the family.

Firefighters arrived to investigate the leak and cordon off the area. Police said as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no one had been reported missing.

Barr and his wife, Abby, bought the former Ski's Saloon in 2016 and renamed it Barr House, remodeling the tavern and continuing its friendly neighborhood hangout vibe. "He loved helping people", Barr told WISC-TV.