Offbeat Firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion identified as father of twin daughters

08:11  12 july  2018
08:11  12 july  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

Firefighter killed, a dozen injured in gas explosion and fire near Madison, Wisconsin

  Firefighter killed, a dozen injured in gas explosion and fire near Madison, Wisconsin A firefighter was killed and at least a dozen other people were injured when a natural gas explosion leveled at least two buildings in a Wisconsin community, authorities said Wednesday. Another firefighter suffered critical injuries after fire crews arrived to investigate a gas leak in downtown Sun Prairie about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and several buildings exploded, ignited a fire that sent billowing smoke that could be seen for miles around. Four other firefighters, a police officer and seven civilians suffered injuries, according to Sun Prairie Police Lt. Kevin Konopacki. The firefighter who was critically injured has been stabilized, Konopacki said.

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Firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion identified as father of twin daughters . Firefighter killed as natural gas blast rocks Wisconsin city.

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New details are emerging about a firefighter who was killed when a gas leak ignited a building explosion in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin Tuesday night.

Flame engulfed several residential buildings, leaving cars and storefronts burning, and miles of smoke.

"There was a big boom and it knocked me to the ground. [I] ran outside and I saw a mushroom cloud," said Jason Cine, a witness.

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. He was killed, leaving behind a wife and 3-year-old twin daughters.

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Firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion identified as father of twin daughters . Firefighter killed as natural gas blast rocks Wisconsin city.

Firefighter killed in Wisconsin explosion identified as father of twin daughters . Firefighter killed as natural gas blast rocks Wisconsin city.

Police quickly asked residents to clear the scene and a local nursing home was evacuated.

"We were told that a contractor did strike one of our natural gas mains," said Amy Jahns, spokesperson for We Energies. "Unfortunately there was some sort of explosion that happened after that natural gas leak happened."

The incident, which authorities say was an accident, destroyed at least four buildings, leaving streets filled with debris.

The wife of the firefighter killed said he was a great father and firefighter, who loved to help his community. Five other firefighters were hurt, and seven others were treated for minor injuries. 

Fire near Yosemite explodes as officials mourn firefighter killed on front lines .
A forest fire burning near Yosemite National Park exploded overnight to 4,300 acres, forcing the closure of Highway 140 into the park and prompting evacuations of nearby communities, officials said. The fire was only 2% contained Sunday, a day after a firefighter was killed battling the blaze. No structures have been lost. The fire, which erupted late Friday, is burning in a wilderness area southwest of the park and has prompted evacuations in Briceburg, Cedar Lodge and Mariposa Pines north of Bear Clover. An evacuation advisory was also in effect Sunday for the Jerseydale area.

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