Deadly Wisconsin blast reduces street to rubble

Posted at 3:59 PM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 17:59:29-04

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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