February 28, 2024

By Jamie Stengle | Related Press

FORT WORTH, Texas — An explosion at a historic Texas lodge in Fort Price on Monday blew out home windows, littered downtown streets with massive piles of particles from the constructing and injured 11 individuals, together with one one who is in important situation, authorities mentioned.

Investigators imagine the blast was attributable to pure fuel, mentioned Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives spokesperson Sara Abel, who was briefed by native police. Two individuals have been in severe situation and the remaining had minor accidents, authorities mentioned at a information convention.

Medics additionally handled 4 extra individuals on the scene however didn’t take them to a hospital, mentioned Desiree Partain of MedStar, which gives ambulance and emergency medical providers in Fort Price.The Sandman Signature lodge is in a busy space of downtown about one block from the Fort Price Conference Heart. Footage from information helicopters confirmed firefighters choosing their manner by way of the piles of drywall, shattered glass and mangled metallic that coated the road outdoors the lodge. Authorities urged individuals to keep away from the realm.

“There’s a scent of fuel within the space and there are home windows and issues that have been blown outdoors of the construction,” mentioned Craig Trojacek, a spokesman for the Fort Price Hearth Division.

Video posted to social media confirmed a person sitting on a avenue nook throughout from the explosion web site and holding a girl at his chest. The person appeared to have blood on his brow, and a medical technician knelt in entrance of him to are inclined to his wounds.

A gray haze coated usually busy streets of downtown Fort Price as firefighters walked by way of layers of particles. Remnants of the constructing lay scattered throughout the road and over parked autos, and gaping holes might be seen on the bottom.

Texas state Rep. Nicole Collier, whose district workplace is about eight blocks from the lodge, mentioned she didn’t hear the explosion however heard the sirens of responding emergency autos and helicopters overhead. Collier mentioned she tried strolling towards the location however emergency responders had already closed a number of blocks and have been warning individuals to remain away.

In accordance with the lodge web site, the Sandman Signature Fort Price Downtown Lodge has 245 rooms and was inbuilt 1920 because the “Waggoner Constructing,” named after cattle rancher and oilman William Thomas Waggoner. The constructing has been listed on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations since 1979.

Related Press reporters Jake Bleiberg in Dallas and Jim Vertuno and Acacia Coronado in Austin, Texas, contributed to this report.