Prayers are needed after an explosion shook a downtown neighborhood in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Tuesday night. One firefighter was killed and dozens more were injured, including civilians.
According to Channel3000, the explosion occurred at 7:05 p.m. Firefighters and police had flooded the area after arriving around 6:20 in response to complaints about the smell of gas.
It is believed that one of the construction crews working in the area hit a natural gas main, which caused the explosion. In addition to the deceased firefighter, a police officer and seven civilians were taken to the hospital and released. Six firefighters were taken as well, four of them with minor injuries; another is in stable condition.
A half-mile area surrounding the blast has been evacuated. More than 100 people have been displaced from their homes. Five hundred customers supplied with natural gas are without power after emergency personnel switched off the gas main.
Several businesses were damaged significantly from the blast. According to police, a copious amount of glass is scattered about the scene.
An eyewitness to the explosion, Patrick DePula said that before the explosion, his restaurant was in the middle of one of the busiest dinner rushes he’d seen—that’s when he noticed the smell of gas. When he went outside, firefighters told him to evacuate the restaurant. That’s when he saw a building explode in a great fireball, billowing into the sky.
“It’s one of those moments where you take stock and it’s like whatever damage happened to the building, whatever happened to the vehicles or personal property, it’s so unbelievably unimportant compared to the loss of life that could happened,” DePula said.
Please pray for the family of the deceased firefighter, and for a healthy recovery of those injured from the blast. Join the conversation on our Facebook page. Be sure to read about a fire crew who went above and beyond to save an American flag from the flames.