One firefighter was killed and other first responders and civilians were injured when a building exploded in Wisconsin Tuesday.
The massive natural gas explosion ripped through downtown Sun Prairie, about 16 miles outside Madison.
Officials responded during the dinner hour to reports of a gas leak after a contractor reportedly struck a gas line.
An evacuation of restaurants and homes was underway when the explosion hit and firefighters battled flames for hours afterwards.
Authorities identified the firefighter killed as Captain Cory Barr, a ten-year veteran of the department.
"Thank God that our firefighters and those responding were able to get the majority of those people evacuated before the explosion. It could have been a lot worse," said Lt. Kevin Konopacki of the Sun Prairie Police Department.
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