A minimum of three individuals had been injured, two of them critically, after an explosion and hearth on Saturday morning at a Harrisonburg, Va., strip mall, the authorities stated.
The reason for the explosion was unknown, Michael Parks, a spokesman for town, which is about 130 miles northwest of Richmond, stated at a information convention. He stated the two-story strip mall was a “full loss.”
Firefighters had been nonetheless on the buying middle, which consisted of about 4 companies, together with a music retailer and a recording studio, trying to find anybody who may be unaccounted for, Mr. Parks stated.
Some close by buildings had been broken however not critically within the explosion, which was reported round 8:30 a.Some companies within the mall confirmed their workers had been protected.
“We have now acquired data from our landlord that the shop has been destroyed by an explosion,” a consultant for one of many shops, Hometown Music, wrote on Facebook. “We weren’t open and the workers are OK. Thanks for you concern and prayers. … That’s all I do know for now.”
One other retailer, Blue Sprocket Sound, wrote on Facebook: “We don’t have all the main points but about what occurred at our constructing. However right now our crew is protected, and that’s crucial factor. Our hearts exit to the opposite companies within the space, and need to thank all the primary responders who’re working arduous on the scene.”
Christopher B. Jones, a Metropolis Council member, requested residents to hope for the enterprise house owners affected, those that had been injured and for emergency responders. “We’re praying for them and hoping that everybody comes out of this protected and alive,” he stated.