One firefighter dead after explosion in downtown Sun Prairie

Courtesy of John Willems

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) - One firefighter was killed and several others were hurt in an explosion that happened downtown Sun Prairie on Tuesday.

According to officials, a total of 6 firefighters were hurt responding to the fire after the explosion.

The explosion happened on Tuesday around 6:20 p.m. at the intersection of Main and Bristol Streets after police were called to the area for a gas leak.

A spokesperson with We Energies, Amy Jahns, said a contractor, who is not affiliated with the company, hit a We Energies gas line causing a leak and then an explosion.

Several buildings were significantly damaged, and there is no timetable yet for when people will be allowed back in the half-mile radius/evacuation zone.

Lt. Konopacki said Wednesday morning during a press conference that firefighters did an initial clearing of buildings in Sun Prairie — and no one was found. Firefighters were still battling flames more than three hours after the explosion.