Nine People Injured in a Tragic Denver Natural Gas Explosion
DENVER, CO. – August 14, 2018 (wsbradio.com) According to an online news report from wsbradio.com, nine people in Denver, Colorado, were injured August 14 in what appears to have been a natural gas explosion.*
On August 14, just south of the downtown area of Denver, a one-story row house exploded. A portion of the house was leveled, large pieces of wood were strewn everywhere, and bricks spilled onto the ground. Seven bystanders were treated for minor injuries. A woman, who was pulled from the debris, was transported to a local hospital for treatment but is reportedly in stable condition. A man was also taken to a hospital with critical injuries.
Denver Fire Department Capt. Greg Pixley said some of the people sustained burn injuries and that the department was working with Xcel Energy (the gas provider) to determine how the explosion occurred. Preliminary investigation points to a natural gas explosion.
Officials brought in a cadaver dog to search the area. Pixley said the goal in bringing in the dog was to rule out the presence of additional victims. He said the department was hoping no other victims would be found. The fire department confirmed that night via Twitter that, indeed, no one else was found.
Alexander Ponton was near the site of the blast and told reporters he helped to pull people from the debris. “As I got in front of that building, it blew up right next to my car,” Ponton said. “Threw my car over a foot and a half to two feet. After it blew up, all you could smell was gas. That’s all you could smell.”
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