Gas leak caused explosion that left 1 dead, 15 injured in North Carolina: Officials

The Durham fire chief explained that the explosion involved approximately five buildings, including catastrophic damage to one.
2:12 | 04/10/19

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Transcript for Gas leak caused explosion that left 1 dead, 15 injured in North Carolina: Officials
As best we know it's right now 9:38 this morning fighting for dispatch for gas leak in the 100 block of duke street right behind me. Dorm fire departments into coming number one rod find significant gas leak. Requests additional resources including dominion energy and start an evacuation and cooperation dorm police departments. At 1007 while the middle of their evacuation of all the units behind us. There is an explosion that it that if involved approximate five buildings on this block. Including catastrophic damage to one. Also no one door a firefighter was seriously hurt in the operations during the evacuation. Was transported from the scene is being treated and is in surgery this time. His injuries are serious but not life threatening. As far as all the people all of the known people people there were known to be in the buildings are around or are have been. Accounted for but there are still significant areas we've we need search. Now there was a significant fire it was sorted due to the blast and damage to cell structures resulted at this time the fires have been contained. In her under control begins this far from over. It's just our starting. Raleigh and Chapel Hill fire departments. This'll take some time to go through a very detailed search and rescue operations which will include. Tom what tunneling as well as. This stakes atomic us ago freight for a couple of days when these operations some of the downtown will be shut down. So that we can continue safely our operations we have 11 confirmed fatality on scene the second report was somebody who was on accounted for. That has been accounted for from one of the construction firms that does not mean there's not other people still instruction. On that's why we are continuing rescue operations we're going to be starting out with via a search and rescue task force. Moving through the structure taking apart piece or peace. In case some of wasn't side that was on account that we didn't know about Pryor's. It looks like the front of the Pentagon at 9/11 on a very very very small scale compared to flee. Because it's got the same sort of damage it's got collapse in the middle it's got some cantilever. Debris on the on the side. And I'd say that could I was an island first responder to the Pentagon.

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