1 dead, 15 injured from gas leak, fiery explosion: Officials

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One person has died and 15 others were injured after a fiery explosion in Durham, North Carolina, Wednesday morning, according to officials.

The blast was caused by a gas leak after a contractor drilling into the sidewalk struck a 2-inch gas line, said Durham police.

Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of an explosion and building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

(Gerry Broome/AP) Firefighters and emergency personnel work the scene of an explosion and building fire in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

(WTVD) A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

In this photo released by Jim Rogalski, firefighters help injured people after a building exploded, April 10, 2019, in Durham, N.C.

(Jim Rogalski via AP) In this photo released by Jim Rogalski, firefighters help injured people after a building exploded, April 10, 2019, in Durham, N.C.

A building partially collapsed from the explosion, police said.

A firefighter is among the injured and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. A Dominion Energy worker was also hurt, the city said.

A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

(WTVD) A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

(WTVD) A gas explosion killed 1 person and injured 15 others in downtown Durham, N.C., April 10, 2019.

Construction worker Tyler Headrick said he saw a cloud of smoke before the building crumbled and people started to flee, he told ABC Raleigh station WTVD.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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