Nine Injured After Gas Explosion Levels Residential Building
DENVER, COLORADO — August 15, 2018
One of the victims of the blast is in critical condition. According to hospital spokesman Simon Crittle, two people hurt in the explosion were transported to Denver Health Medical Center. One had severe traumatic injuries while the other’s injuries were not as severe, he said.
Seven other people who suffered minor injuries were treated at the scene, the Denver Fire Department tweeted.
An emergency call was placed regarding the incident on Tuesday night. First responders rescued two victims trapped inside the building, described as a “fourplex,” in Denver’s historic Baker neighborhood.
A man who lives in the area claims he smelled gas as he was walking to the store before an explosion sent bricks flying into the street.
Denver Fire Captain Greg Pixley said the firefighters are conducting a thorough search to make sure.
“What we are using now is the cadaver dog... to help us assure that we haven’t missed anything,” he said. “Our goal is not to find a victim, but to rule out that a victim is not there.”
Arson investigators and a crime scene unit are remain at the scene. The Denver utility company that operates in the building has shut off all gas lines into the area.
Xcel Energy spokeswoman Michelle Aguayo said by phone that the utilities company is working with the fire department to determine the cause of the blast.