Blast in Wisconsin sends multiple firefighters, officer to hospital

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    Two firefighters and a police officer have been hurt in a gas leak and explosion in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin.

    Lt. Kevin Konopacki says all three were taken to a hospital after the explosion Monday evening in downtown Sun Prairie, a community of about 30,000. Konopacki says he doesn't know if anyone else was hurt.

    Konopacki says firefighters and police responded to a reported gas leak about 6:20 p.m. Witnesses reported the explosion about 7:15 p.m. A utility spokeswoman says a contractor had struck a natural gas line in the area.

    Authorities evacuated a five-block radius and set up a shelter at Sun Prairie High School.

    WE Energies spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says the utility's first responders are in downtown Sun Prairie working to shut off the flow of gas and make the area safe.

    Dane County Sheriff's Office operations manager Paul Logan says some people have been taken to hospitals, but he said no deaths had been reported. Logan had no other details.

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