‘Explosion’ & huge fire in Harrisonburg, Virginia leaves at least three injured

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2020

Of the three individuals recently reported injured, one individual, who was transported to Rockingham Memorial Hospital, is being treated for cuts to the arm from flying glass, according to officials.

City spokesman Mike Parks told the newspaper a search of the remains of the building had not turned up any other victims, but a second search was being conducted Saturday afternoon to be sure.

Officials received a call about a blast and fire at a two-story commercial building, Director of Communications Michael Parks said.


A firefighter walks through the burning rubble of a shopping center after an explosion in Harrisonburg, Va., Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.

The cause of the explosion was not clear immediately and an investigation was underway.

Among the injured are three James Madison University students, said the reports.


Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted that the incident was a "gas explosion". Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matt Tobia said that an investigation could take days to determine the cause.

The trio had been standing outside the store when the explosion occurred, part of an Army ROTC running group which had been involved in a 10-mile race, the finish line of which was just yards from the explosion site. Two other JMU students were treated on the scene and released.


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