Tragic news out of Wisconsin following a gas exposition that killed a Sun Prairie Fire Captain, leaving behind two young children and family. Social media has his name out there but we’ll await a SPFD release. Other fire & police members were injured as well.
Construction was happening near the evacuation site and WE Energies said they were made aware of an independent contractor hitting a natural gas main in downtown Sun Prairie.
Firefighters were in the process of evacuating civilians from buildings in this Madison suburb (after a contractor reportedly punctured a natural gas main), causing gas to leak into one of the properties.
The leak was reported at 1821 hours and, while the evacuation was underway, there was an explosion at 1900 that damaged five buildings, including three bars/restaurants.
Much more to follow later.
Our condolences to all those affected. Rest In Peace.
VIDEO OF THE INCIDENT: https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/sun-prairie-explosion-1-firefighter-dead-several-others-injured
SEE BELOW FOR ADDITION “GAS LEAK” RELATED HISTORY FOR FIREFIGHTERS
While discussing today’s tragic loss, consider these incidents as well, reminding us all of the extreme risk when responding to gas leaks jobs.
A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF GAS LEAKS, EXPLOSIONS AND FIREFIGHTERS:
Gas leaks resulting in explosions and injured “arriving/operating” Firefighters have a SIGNIFICANT HISTORY in fire operations.
HERE are several examples YOU can use to share with YOUR Firefighters
Remember this “caught on video” incident from New Jersey?
(Prince Georges County, MD Video
(Poland, Ohio explosion on arrival)
(Haverstraw NY Radio Traffic-LISTEN from arrival to explosion)
(Gas Explosion RAW Video/caution-rough language but EXCELLENT video)
(Philly Gas Explosion video)
In the original fire transmission call from December 27th, 1983, the night of the North Division Street explosion, you can hear the desperation in firefighters voices as they plea for as many ambulances as possible to be sent to the scene after the explosion. The dispatcher can only offer the reassurance that they would send all that they can.
Five Buffalo Firefighters were KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY and two civilians were killed as well when a propane blast leveled a warehouse. The explosion damaged 12 city blocks and remains the department’s deadliest fire in modern history.
This archived footage of the explosion shows how the entire city mourned the loss of the firefighters and the massive devastation caused by the powerful explosion.
BUFFALO NY RADIO TRAFFIC & MEDIA REPORT:
HERE is a story about the explosion by retired Buffalo Fire Commissioner Mike Lombardo: