LODD: 1 firefighter killed, several others injured, including police officer during sun prairie explosion



Sun Prairie firefighter killed at natural gas explosion

Drone footage and some ground footage of a major explosion in downtown Sun Prarie.  We are told there were injuries and people have been transported to the hospital.  We will bring you more as we get it.  Below is more on the explosion/fire. UPDATE BELOW:

7-11-2018 UPDATE:  SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — “A firefighter was killed and at least a dozen others were injured when a natural gas explosion leveled at least two buildings in Sun Prairie (northeast of Madison), authorities said Wednesday, July 11.

Another firefighter suffered critical injuries after fire crews arrived to investigate a gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and several buildings exploded, ignited a fire that sent billowing smoke that could be seen for miles around. Four other firefighters, a police officer and seven civilians suffered injuries, according to Sun Prairie Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki. The firefighter who was critically injured has been stabilized, Konopacki said.”…Continue Reading Here


7-10-2018 SUN PRAIRIE — “An explosion rocked the downtown area of Sun Prairie, a suburb of Madison, after a contractor struck a natural gas main Tuesday, July 10 injuring at least two firefighters and a police officer, authorities said.

No deaths were immediately reported, and it wasn’t known if anyone else was hurt.

Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki said that around 6:20 p.m., firefighters and police responded to a reported gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie, a community of about 30,000. Witnesses reported the powerful blast about 7:15 p.m. It sent a plume of smoke and flames into the air.

Konopacki said the firefighters and officer were taken to a hospital. He said he didn’t know if anyone else was hurt.

WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze said the gas main strike was reported to the utility early Monday evening ahead of the explosion. She said the utility’s first responders were in the area working to shut off the flow of gas and make the area safe.

The blast appeared to be centered on the Barr House, a pub in an area filled with other bars, restaurants and businesses. Authorities evacuated a five-block radius and set up a shelter at Sun Prairie High School.”…Continue Reading Here



Video above by John Willems





Above Video Posted by Frankie Vitullo via Facebook




Above video of aftermath posted by WISN Channel 12 Chopper in Milwaukee, WI

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