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Fire rekindles at Glass Nickel Pizza in Sun Prairie

13 July 2018

Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, identified the firefighter who was killed as Cory Barr.

1 firefighter is dead, several others injured and hospitalized after a gas leak explosion and fire in Sun Prairie. Konopacki says he doesn't know if anyone else was hurt.

Officials have now confirmed that one of the firefighters has since died from his injuries, with another still in hospital in a stable condition.

The explosion happened after a contractor struck a natural gas main.

Five blocks of the downtown area had to be evacuated, including a nursing home.

This update has been corrected to show the explosion happened Tuesday, not Monday.

Amy Jahns, a WE Energies spokeswoman, said the explosion occurred when workers for a private contractor punctured a 4-inch gas main.

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Dane County Sheriff's Department operations manager Paul Logan says people were hurt in the explosion Tuesday evening in Sun Prairie, which has about 30,000 people.

But Mr Logan said there are no deaths "at this point". The strike was reported to the utility company ahead of the blast, so first responders prioritized efforts to shut down all the local gas lines.

A major fire has broken out in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, after a loud boom was heard. "Our house shook", said Kim Sergenian, who lives in Sun Prairie.

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

"I always looked up to him and admired him because I feel like it takes a special kind of person to be on a fire department and be running in toward something that everyone else was running away from", she said. Police blocked off downtown streets from traffic and onlookers.

The blast appeared to be centered on the Barr House, a pub in an area filled with other bars, restaurants and businesses.

Fire rekindles at Glass Nickel Pizza in Sun Prairie