A minimum of 3 other people have been injured, two of them significantly, after an explosion and fireplace on Saturday morning at a Harrisonburg, Va., strip mall, the government mentioned.
The reason for the explosion was once unknown, Michael Parks, a spokesman for town, which is set 130 miles northwest of Richmond, mentioned at a information convention. He mentioned the two-story strip mall was once a “whole loss.”
Firefighters have been nonetheless on the buying groceries heart, which consisted of about 4 companies, together with a track retailer and a recording studio, looking for any individual who could be unaccounted for, Mr. Parks mentioned.
Some within reach structures have been broken however no longer significantly within the explosion, which was once reported round 8:30 a.Some companies within the mall showed their workers have been secure.
“We’ve got won knowledge from our landlord that the shop has been destroyed via an explosion,” a consultant for some of the retail outlets, Fatherland Song, wrote on Fb. “We weren’t open and the workers are OK. Thank you for you fear and prayers. … That’s all I do know for now.”
Every other retailer, Blue Sprocket Sound, wrote on Fb: “We don’t have all of the main points but about what came about at our construction. However presently our workforce is secure, and that’s crucial factor. Our hearts pass out to the opposite companies within the space, and need to thank all of the first responders who’re running exhausting at the scene.”
Christopher B. Jones, a Town Council member, requested citizens to wish for the trade homeowners affected, those that have been injured and for emergency responders. “We’re praying for them and hoping that everybody comes out of this secure and alive,” he mentioned.