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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Explosion, Fire Hits Kansas City Plaza Area

A deadly fire ripped through the Kansas City plaza area last night, triggered by a gas explosion at JJ’s restaurant. At least 14 people have been injured, and one female employee of the restaurant is still missing today.

The University of Kansas Hospital has reported that one person at their location is in critical condition, while two are in serious condition. All of the patients at KU have traumatic injuries rather than burns. St. Luke’s Hospital has indicated they have two patients in critical condition, one with extensive burns and another with facial trauma. The others injured in the blast have been treated and released from the hospitals. Heavy equipment has already been brought in to clear out large pieces of rubble and debris, while cadaver dogs are currently searching for the missing worker.

Authorities believe that the initial explosion was caused from either a motor vehicle striking a natural gas line or a piece of heavy equipment disrupting the gas main. Missouri Gas Energy, who supplies utilities to the area, released a statement that “early indications are that a contractor doing underground work struck a natural gas line.” Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi has indicated that an investigation into the cause of the blast will begin after a search for any remaining victims is completed.

Residents in the area reportedly smelled gas about an hour before the explosion, and alerted Missouri Gas Energy. Firefighters and the utility company then began checking the area for the source of the odor before the explosion. JJ’s asked their customers to leave, however several employees stayed behind and were injured in the explosion.

The resulting fire from the explosion spread over an entire block and lasted about 90 minutes. JJ’s was completely destroyed, and many other shops, offices and restaurants in the area have suffered heavy damage.

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