Gas explosion brings down building in Southeast DC; person hurt

WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — Emergency workers were on the scene of a gas explosion in Southeast that caused a building to collapse Thursday morning. A second explosion followed the first.

DC Fire and EMS posted about the incident in the 1200 block of Marion Barry Ave. at 10:03 a.m. The post said that the explosion took place on the second floor of a building there. It noted that people evacuated the building prior to the explosion because someone reported a gas leak.

Among those who had to evacuate were people at a day care facility. The 16 children who were there were reunited with their families.

Emergency workers were not able to stop the leak and contacted Washington Gas.

About 25 minutes after crews received the call about the leak, there was an explosion inside the two-story building. DC Fire and EMS said a flash fire followed, and that a second explosion took place at a neighboring convenience store.

Medics took one person, who was hit and hurt by flying debris, to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

DC Fire and EMS said the gas leak started after a car hit a meter attached to the building in which the first explosion took place. Damage was contained to three buildings along the block.

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  • Gas explosion on Marion Barry Avenue SE (DC Fire and EMS)
    Gas explosion on Marion Barry Avenue SE (DC Fire and EMS)
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    (Metropolitan Police Department)

DC Fire and EMS said in addition to the building that collapsed, a second building had some damage to it.

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