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Firefighter Dies in Southern Wis. Gas Explosion Fire

Updated: July 11, 2018 06:47 AM

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) -  One firefighter has died and another was critically injured in a gas explosion and fire that leveled several buildings in downtown Sun Prairie.

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Authorities said at an early Wednesday morning news conference that at least six firefighters were injured along with some civilians when a private contractor struck a natural gas main about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters arrived to investigate the leak and cordon off the area. The buildings exploded a short time later raining debris in the downtown area. The fire resulting from the explosion ignited some cars parked in the area.

A plume of smoke could be seen for miles around the community of 30,000 near Madison.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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