Explosion rocks Wisconsin town in US, at least 3 hurt

Explosion rocks Wisconsin town in US, at least 3 hurt

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

Lt. Kevin Konopacki with the Sun Prairie Police Department said, "The response from this community's been fantastic and it's not coming up and saying, 'Hey, what's going on?"

A spokesperson with We Energies, Amy Jahns, said a contractor, who is not affiliated with the company, hit a We Energies gas line causing a leak and then an explosion. Authorities evacuated a five-block radius and set up a shelter at Sun Prairie High School.

No deaths were reported, but Konopacki said buildings would be searched once the flames were out.

"The Sun Prairie Fire Department is strong".

Former Badger football star and current Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe account for the Barr family. Four other firefighters, a police officer and seven civilians were also hurt. Residents from miles away said they could feel the blast.

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Multiple videos from the area show that the explosion turned a section of Sun Prairie into a smoldering, burning hazard area.

Posted July 11, 2018, 5:05 a.m.

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. The Barr House and Glass Nickel Pizza exploded after the gas ignited, police said. He said the building across from his shop "literally lifted up".

"People were scrambling", Owen said, according to Fox 6.

He said the force knocked him back in his chair and that he ran outside and saw a ball of fire.

Jill Thompson, 56, who lives about two blocks from where the blast occurred, told AP: "It shook the whole building". "I don't think his legacy is going to be forgotten, and I think the spirit that he embodies is essentially the spirit of Sun Prairie, and Sun Prairie's going to get through this as a community".

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