Three people were injured in a giant gas explosion at the Virginia shopping center that sent smoke 30 feet into the air and was more than five miles away
- Firefighters were called in Harrisonburg at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday
- A mall on South Main Street went up in flames
- The cause of the explosion is unknown if a gas leak is suspected
- Three people have been hospitalized, two reportedly in severe condition
Three people were hospitalized after an explosion in a mall in Virginia.
Firefighters were called to the scene at around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday in Harrisonburg, 60 miles northwest of Charlottesville.
Photos and videos on social media showed a burning mall being doused with water from fire trucks and smoke shooting 30 feet into the sky.
According to NBC 12, two of the victims were found outside the buildings and taken to hospital in severe condition.
No one is believed to be trapped inside, despite firefighters checking the buildings.
On Saturday, 70 firefighters were working to put out the fire in a Virginia mall
Photos on social media showed the mall was doused with water on Saturday
Firefighters tried to put out the fire, which was reported around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said they were being updated. He described it as a gas explosion, which Harrisonburg chief fire officer Matt Tobia said was unconfirmed.
"My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Harrisonburg following a gas explosion this morning," he tweeted.
“First responders and firefighters are on site, and we have deployed government emergency personnel to provide additional support. Please avoid the area. & # 39;
According to Tobia, 70 firefighters responded to the incident.
& # 39; At this point the fire is contained but is not yet under control. It's still active, ”he said.
He said they did not expect any further explosions, but the electricity and gas had been turned off as a precaution.
& # 39; There is absolutely no determination of the cause or origin of this incident. It's still being investigated, ”he said.
They don't believe anyone was trapped in the building.
Windows were broken on buildings in the neighborhood and residents reported hearing the noise five miles away, according to Fox5 DC.
The mall reportedly included a barber shop, vape shop, and Hometown Music, as well as an international grocery store and the Blue Sprocket recording studio.
Harrisonburg in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia is a city of around 50,000 residents and home to James Madison University.
Clouds of smoke towered over Harrisonburg on Saturday morning
Firefighters survey the ravaged scene in Harrisonburg on Saturday