A firefighter died following an explosion in Wisconsin. He was one of six firefighters who were transported to the hospital after a contractor hit a gas main, causing the blast.
A firefighter died following an explosion in Wisconsin. He was one of six firefighters who were transported to the hospital after a contractor hit a gas main, causing the blast. Crews were called to the scene of a gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie, Wis., near Madison, around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday. WE Energies said a contractor had struck a 4-inch natural gas main. Around 7 p.m., the building exploded, producing a massive fire. The smoke could be seen from miles away. Several buildings suffered significant damage. A half-mile perimeter was still in place around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Seven civilians were transported to the hospital and later released. Authorities were waiting to identify the firefighter who died until the medical examiner provides more information.”This is still under investigation right? We have to, and the fire department has to figure out exactly what happened. Once we’ve gathered that information, we’ll be releasing it,” said Lt. Ken Konopacki, Sun Prairie Police Department. The Sun Prairie Fire Department said the firefighter who died had been with the department for more than a decade.

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