It saddens us to write this today to express the news of an explosion that took place downtown Durham today on April 10th, 2019. What seems like a gas leak turned into a catastrophe when a building was set on fire, causing an explosion.
The explosion shook the buildings downtown and burned multiple buildings leaving one fatality. The explosion happened around 10:00 after a 2-inch gas line was struck. Fire officials state that their crews were still working to extinguish the fire around 11:50am this morning.
“Durham Public Schools said that Durham School of the Arts, at 400 N. Duke St., will evacuate once it is safe to do so. Students who normally ride buses will take their usual buses routes home, and students who are normally picked up will be at the Sears parking lot at Northgate Mall. Students who do not ride the bus and cannot be picked up will be taken to the Brogden Middle School auditorium to meet with their parents” according to WRAL.
We will keep everyone updated live on the station today and we are keeping the family and friends of the injured lifted up.