Here are details known so far about an explosion as firefighters in Milwaukee investigated an odor of gas around 6:30 Sunday evening.
Authorities with the Milwaukee Fire Department said the explosion happened in the 3400 block of North 38th Street.
Officials said the call originated as a natural gas leak. When firefighters arrived, witnesses said they heard the blast.
“It just blew the roof off of it,” Samuel Dorsey says. “[A] big fire ball, just unreal.”
At least two Milwaukee Firefighters were inside investigating the smell when the duplex exploded. The force of the blast sent one firefighter flying.
“He was blown back into my uncle and my uncle grabbed him before he actually hit the ground hard,” Dorsey says.
FOX6 News is told one firefighter is in serious condition, one in fair condition and one in good condition. Two were treated and released.
The civilian is reportedly in critical condition.
“I was at the hospital. All those people, I am their boss and they work for me and it is hard to take,” Milwaukee Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Romas said at the scene Sunday night.
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