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Explosion at a Fort Worth Hotel in Texas Injures 21

One of the hotels in downtown Fort Worth exploded and left 21 people injured due to a gas explosion on Monday around 3:32 p.m., local time. Many calls reported the gas explosion to the Sandman Hotel, located at 810 Houston Street, according to DallasNews.

The explosion occurred at about 3:30 p.m., during an ongoing construction inside the Asian fusion restaurant. It started with a small fire but then led to an explosion, and twenty-one people were injured as a result of the explosion. The Public Information Officer for the Fort Worth Police Department, J. Pollozani said in a press conference, that one patient is reported as critically injured and four are seriously injured. All of the other patients have minor injuries.

Three injured patients were employees of Musume, the restaurant inside the Sandman Hotel. The area smelled like ‘gas’ following the explosion, and the initial cause of the explosion is still under investigation, said Craig Trojacek, the public information officer for the FWFD.

The hotel was operating at the time of the explosion with 26 rooms occupied, and the restaurant was not in service; however, people were near the area for various reasons. The rescue mission is ongoing at the site and will be continuing through the night. “Several people were rescued from the basement that weren’t able to get out on their own,” Trojacek said.

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