At the very least three folks had been injured, two of them severely, after an explosion and hearth on Saturday morning at a Harrisonburg, Va., strip mall, the authorities mentioned.
The reason for the explosion was unknown, Michael Parks, a spokesman for town, which is about 130 miles northwest of Richmond, mentioned at a information convention. He mentioned the two-story strip mall was a “full loss.”
Firefighters had been nonetheless on the procuring heart, which consisted of about 4 companies, together with a music retailer and a recording studio, trying to find anybody who is likely to be unaccounted for, Mr. Parks mentioned.
Some close by buildings had been broken however not severely within the explosion, which was reported round 8:30 a.m.
Some companies within the mall confirmed their staff had been secure.
“We’ve 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 small print but about what occurred at our constructing. However right now our crew is secure, and that’s a very powerful factor. Our hearts exit to the opposite companies within the space, and need to thank all the primary responders who’re working onerous on the scene.”
Christopher B. Jones, a Metropolis Council member, requested residents to hope for the enterprise homeowners affected, those that had been injured and for emergency responders. “We’re praying for them and hoping that everybody comes out of this secure and alive,” he mentioned.