At the least three individuals had been injured, two of them significantly, after an explosion and fireplace 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 “complete 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 is perhaps unaccounted for, Mr. Parks stated.
Some close by buildings had been broken however not significantly within the explosion, which was reported round 8:30 a.m.
Some companies within the mall confirmed their workers had been secure.
“We have received information from our landlord that the store has been destroyed by an explosion,” a consultant for one of many shops, Hometown Music, wrote on Fb. “We were not open and the employees are OK. Thanks for you concern and prayers. … That’s all I know for now.”
One other retailer, Blue Sprocket Sound, wrote on Fb: “We don’t have all the details yet about what happened at our building. But at this time our crew is safe, and that’s the most important thing. Our hearts go out to the other businesses in the area, and want to thank all the first responders who are working hard 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 everyone comes out of this safe and alive,” he stated.