An explosion in Harrisonburg, Virginia Saturday morning has left five people injured, including a student at James Madison University (JMU).
According to the Daily News-Record, the explosion occurred at a shopping center around 8:30 a.m. Multiple businesses that were impacted by the explosion and the extensive damage that resulted has deemed the strip mall a "total loss."
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) tweeted the incident was the result of a gas explosion, however, officials are still working to confirm what caused the fire.
"My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Harrisonburg after a gas explosion this morning," Northam said on Twitter.
My team and I are closely monitoring the situation in Harrisonburg after a gas explosion this morning.
First responders and firefighters are on the scene, and we have deployed state emergency personnel for additional support. Please avoid the area.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) October 17, 2020
An update sent out by the city notes that two people were flown to an area hospital, one was treated at a medical facility, and two others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Please see attached our final update for this evening regarding the Miller Circle fire. pic.twitter.com/H2Aa039b0s
— Harrisonburg VA (@HarrisonburgVA) October 17, 2020
And JMU tweeted that the "student transported to the hospital has minor injuries and is expected to be released soon."
UPDATE on this morning's off-campus incident: A total of three people were transported to the hospital. Two are known not to be JMU students, one is known to be a JMU student. The JMU student transported to the hospital has minor injuries and is expected to be released soon.(1/4)
— JMU (@JMU) October 17, 2020
— Ian Munro (@iamIanMunro) October 17, 2020
— Jim Misses His Mummy Sacco (@Sacco_DNR) October 17, 2020
Residents as far as 13 miles away say they felt or heard the explosion, according to WHSV News.
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