(Matt Demlein, WRVA)

One Dead, 17 Injured In Durham

Following Explosion After Gas Line Hit

April 10, 2019 - 4:07 pm

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) —  An emergency official says six of the people injured in a deadly explosion in downtown Durham North Carolina, were critically hurt and one of them has been transferred to the burn unit.

 Durham EMS Assistant Chief Lee Van Vleet told a news conference a total of 17 people were hospitalized after the Wednesday morning blast that partially collapsed a building and set it on fire.

 Durham Fire Chief Robert Zoldos was one of the first responders after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and told reporters the building now looks like the Pentagon did after terrorists crashed a passenger jet into it.

 One person was killed in the explosion. Zoldos says all others who were known to have been in the area have been accounted for but there are still areas that need to be searched.


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