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Firefighter dies, police officers injured during gas leak explosion

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A natural gas explosion in Wisconsin killed one firefighter and hospitalized five others on Tuesday evening, according to local officials. One police officer was also hospitalized and another treated and released.

First responders in the town of Sun Prairie were alerted to a gas leak after a contractor struck a natural gas line. As an evacuation began, the community was rocked by an explosion at around 7:15 PM.

The explosion resulted in a fatality and several injured, though SPPD Lieutenant Kevin Konopacki said that many lives were likely spared due to the evacuation.

Konopacki and Fire Chief Christopher Garrison told press on Wednesday morning that the fatality was a 10-year veteran of the fire department, but did not release a name.

According to NBC News, the explosion was determined to be from the rupture of a 4-inch natural gas line, which filled a building with natural gas prior to the explosion. All gas lines were shut off by 9:30 PM.

Several residents report watching the exploding building rise from the ground, with shockwaves shaking buildings and sending people scrambling for cover.

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