1 firefighter dies in gas explosion fire in Wisconsin town

BREAKING: Gas EXPLOSION completely destroys buildings in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA

Explosion rocks US suburb after gas main hit

One police officer and seven civilians also received less serious injuries, the Sun Prairie Police Department said in a press conference. He didn't have an exact number. Four buildings had significant damage, including Glass Nickel Pizza, the Professional Building, Water Tower Chophouse, and a residential home. Konopacki says he doesn't know if anyone else was hurt.

The firefighters who had gone to check a gas leak battled the blaze, including 34-year-old Cory Barr, a 15-year-veteran and captain at the Sun Prairie Fire Department.

The explosion happened after a contractor struck a natural gas main.

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Multiple news source state that Sun Prairie's emergency services led a five-block evacuation of the downtown area after the blast leveled several restaurants, cars and local businesses.

This update has been corrected to show the explosion happened Tuesday, not Monday.

The contractor that caused the leak isn't affiliated with We Energies, company spokeswoman Amy Jahns told CNN affiliate WMTV. It took about two hours before workers were able to get close enough to the scene of the blast to shut off gas lines to the area, Schulze said. Logan had no other details.

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No deaths were reported, but Konopacki said buildings would be searched in the Madison, Wisconsin, suburb of about 30,000 once the flames were out.

Logan says he has no additional information at this time. Witnesses said the fire broke out after a loud boom Tuesday night shook the community. A massive plume of smoke is rising from the downtown area in the community of about 30,000 people. "We are hurt, but we will come back", Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison said.

Police have blocked off downtown streets from traffic and onlookers.

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