Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Flames in street after Wisconsin gas mains explosion

Flames in street after Wisconsin gas mains explosion

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.

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

Paul Logan, Dane County Sheriff's Department operations manager, said several people were hurt in the explosion in Sun Prairie, which has about 30,000 people. 'I thought someone had hit the building with their vehicle'.

"We were told that a contractor did strike one of our natural gas mains", said Amy Jahns, spokesperson for We Energies.

Steve Owen, 60, who owns Sun City Cyclery and Skates in downtown Sun Prairie, said he saw firefighters and police officers on the street and then the explosion happened.

Crews were on the scene within minutes, as multiple departments from across the state were in Sun Prairie for Capt. Cory Barr's procession from McFarland.

Around 7 p.m., a huge explosion occurred, sending plumes of smoke high in the area. He also worked as a real estate agent. Garrison said Barr and his fellow firefighters and police evacuated 115 people before the blast.

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Firefighters from Sun Prairie and surrounding communities are responding to the blaze.

"We open at 5 am, so if you need refuge, a shower or just a place to be calm and cool for a while, please come and see us at the Y", it said in a statement. Police said as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, no one had been reported missing.

"The outpouring of messages coming in about him and how wonderful he was.it's not people saying it, it's true".

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.

"He was very, very proud of Sun Prairie and the community he lived in", DePula said.

'It shook the whole building, ' Thompson said.

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