UPDATE: Deadly Explosion in Sun Prairie

UPDATED Monday, October 24, 2011 --- 9:35 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A furnace installation company and its insurer have agreed to pay $5 million to the victims of a fatal home explosion in Sun Prairie.

Twenty-six-year-old Andrew Manley died when the blast leveled a house and damaged several others in November. The explosion paralyzed Steven Slack and injured his girlfriend, Lindsey Stephany, both 27.

Daniel Rottier is the attorney for Slack, Stephany and Manley's parents, Michael and Pamela Manley. They filed the lawsuit against Service Specialists of Dane County.

Investigators determined the blast occurred when gas leaked from a furnace installed six days earlier.

Rottier says the settlement was the maximum amount of liability insurance carried by Service Specialists.

Rottier tells the State Journal (http://bit.ly/qaDmg5) the plaintiffs believe the settlement is inadequate but they didn't want to put Service Specialists out of business.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Monday, October 24, 2011 --- 7:50 a.m.

This morning, a published report states a furnace installation company and its insurer has agreed to pay $5 million to the victims of the Sun Prairie home explosion.

The blast occurred November 9, 2010.

The explosion killed 26-year-old Andrew Manley and injured homeowners Steven T. Slack and Lindsey L. Stephany.

Six days before the explosion the furnace in the home was replaced by Service Specialists of Dane County, Inc.

According to a statement released August 8th by the Sun Prairie Police Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office, the official cause of the fire/explosion was classified as undetermined. Investigators believe the explosion was the result of a natural gas leak.

According to Madison.com: the settlement was the maximum amount of liability insurance carried by Service Specialists of Dane County, which installed the furnace. Click HERE to read Madison.com report.

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UPDATED Monday, August 8, 2011 --- 2:40 p.m.

Joint Media Release: Sun Prairie Police Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office

The Sun Prairie Police Department has concluded its investigation of the house explosion that occurred November 9, 2010 at 1139 Coral Drive in the City Sun Prairie. After a very thorough and exhaustive investigation conducted with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation/Fire Marshal’s Office and the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, this investigation is closed.

The official cause of this fire/explosion incident has been classified as undetermined. Investigators believe the explosion was the result of a natural gas leak. Investigators were unable to determine the actual source of ignition for this fire/explosion incident. Investigators were unable to eliminate the possibility of human intervention, either accidental or intentional in nature, as being the cause of the fire/explosion.

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UPDATED: Thursday, January 13, 2011 --- 9:00p.m.

Service Specialists website:

Neither Service Specialists, nor its attorneys, have seen the civil complaint reportedly filed on behalf of the persons injured in the November 9th Sun Prairie home explosion.

Investigation by government agencies and privately hired experts continues.

Service Specialists is confident in the work of its experienced professional furnace installation staff and confident in the quality of their work generally and in this particular instance.

The lawsuit will be vigorously defended as Service Specialists denies that there were any shortcomings in their work or that their work in any way contributed to the cause of the explosion.

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NOTE: To read the actual complaint, click on the link above marked LAWSUIT FILED 1/13/2011. To see the Exhibit photos, click on the PHOTOS tab.

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UPDATED Thursday, January 13, 2011 --- 1:45 p.m.

From Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.:
STATEMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

On November 9, 2010, in the middle of the night, a natural gas explosion occurred in a single family residence on Coral Drive in Sun Prairie. Andrew Manley, who rented a bedroom from the owners, lost his life. Andy was a UW graduate and a teacher. He rented from the owners, Steven Slack and Lindsey Stephany, his friends of many years. Steven Slack suffered life changing injuries and is paralyzed from the waist down. Lindsey Stephany suffered less serious injuries, but remains under medical care. They both work for Progressive Insurance.

Six days before the explosion the furnace in the home was replaced by Service Specialists of Dane County, Inc. The company failed to get a permit so no government inspection of the installation occurred.

After the explosion many rumors spread about its possible cause. Since the accident detailed inspections have taken place. In an inspection which occurred on December 9, 2010, experts for some of the interested parties reached the area of the furnace under the debris. It was discovered that the sediment leg, or drip leg, of the gas piping entering the furnace was not attached. (See exhibits A through D). It is common for installers of gas appliances to remove or loosen the drip leg to allow the air in the gas line to “bleed” out. After doing so they must securely tighten the drip leg and test for leaks. It is believed that the drip leg was not properly tightened and the six days of operation of the furnace, with its attendant vibration, allowed the drip leg to loosen further and gas entered the basement. All other sources of leaks have been ruled out.

Mr. Manly, Mr. Slack and Ms. Stephany had no experience with furnaces and in fact did not own a wrench capable of loosening the pipe. The only party who worked on the furnace was Service Specialists. They have refused to turn over their work records regarding the installation to us.

Today a lawsuit was filed on behalf of the parents of Mr. Manley and also by Mr. Slack and Ms. Stephany against Service Specialists. It alleges negligence in the installation of the furnace. No intentional wrongdoing is believed to have occurred, but rather a tragic mistake with terrible consequences. The court system will resolve the issues over time.

Our clients thank the community for its support.
Daniel Rottier
Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.
Attorneys for the Manley parents, Steven Slack and Lindsey Stephany

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UPDATED Thursday, December 9, 2010 --- 11:28 a.m.

About 30 investigators from insurance companies and police and fire departments are on the scene of a home explosion that killed one person and injured two others in Sun Prairie last month.

They’ve just started sifting through the rubble at the home on Coral Drive. Police tell us they had to wait this long to get to this point because this is not a criminal matter.

Crew will be on scene all day today and possibly tomorrow to ensure a thorough investigation.

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UPDATED Thursday, December 2, 2010 --- 12:00 p.m.

From NBC15's News Partner The Sun Prairie Star:

Coral Drive neighborhood residents heard the investigation into a Nov. 9 house explosion remains ongoing, but gave compliments to local emergency responders and the City of Sun Prairie’s handling of the disaster that killed one and left two injured.

The information was shared during a Nov. 30 neighborhood meeting at Westside Elementary School, 1320 Buena Vista Drive as a way to help bring closure to the 3:22 a.m. house explosion that killed 26-year-old Andrew Manley and injured homeowners Steven T. Slack and Lindsey L. Stephany.

Residents also learned that an inspection of the 1139 Coral Drive home site tentatively scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10 will close the street to traffic so the inspection may be completed.

District 3 Alderman Zach Weber scheduled the meeting so it would not interfere with other city meetings on the fifth Tuesday of the month, and as a way to provide some answers to neighbors who wanted some information amid rumors and speculation relating to the cause of the explosion.

Weber said it was unfortunate that the topic of the meeting was tragic, but urged neighbors to be reminded the investigation is continuing. “It is still under investigation . . . what you heard was pure speculation,” the third district alderman said.

Others attending the meeting included Sun Prairie Fire Chief Steve Knaus; Sun Prairie Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Director Kep Anderson; City Director of Building Inspection Dennis Allen; City Administrator Pat Cannon; District 3 Alderman Al Hoffmann; Police Chief Patrick Anhalt; Assistant Police Chief Scott Faust and SPPD Public Information Officer Rem Brandt.

After providing his condolences to the neighbors, Anhalt provided a PowerPoint illustrating the initial response on Nov. 9, when he said two officers were close to the explosion when it occurred. Officers arrived one minute after the 3:22 a.m. explosion along with other police, fire and EMS units.

Search and rescue efforts began immediately, followed by a request for additional investigatory resources from the Division of Criminal Investigation, which includes the State Fire Marshal, and the Treasury Department’s Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms investigator, who happened to be in the area, according to Anhalt.

At 4 a.m., Westside School became available as a shelter to the neighborhood. The Red Cross set up an aid station at Westside to provide food and housing vouchers to those displaced by the explosion. By that afternoon, most neighbors were allowed back into their homes, except for 13 whose homes were affected by a loss of natural gas service.

Those homeowners were allowed to retrieve personal belongings that night and allowed to return home on Nov. 10.

Coral Drive was reopened to traffic at roughly 6 p.m. on Nov. 10, according to Anhalt.

On Dec. 9 and 10, the inspection of the explosion site by insurance investigators along with police and fire investigators will take place. To facilitate this, Coral Drive will be closed to traffic and remain be closed if additional investigation time is required, Anhalt said. For video from Anhalt's presentation, click here.

Lt. Linda Anderson of the SPPD will be the neighborhood liaison between residents and the SPPD to continually inform the residents of what actions are being taken by SPPD during the inspection on Dec. 9 and 10.

Relating to the investigation, Anhalt said it is an active, ongoing investigation. “There is no indication there was any illegal activity that prompted this event,” Anhalt said.

Although Service Specialists has acknowledged it installed a gas furnace six days before the house explosion, Anhalt said that is not being stated as the cause for the explosion. However, the department has been able to determine no other gas appliances were installed in the home between the furnace installation and the explosion.

In addition to providing contact phone numbers for Anderson, Faust and himself, Anhalt provided a phone number to report gas leaks to We Energies: (800) 261-5325.

Knaus said residents were very cooperative and there were no issues with the residents, many of whom were given short notice to evacuate their homes. “I just want to make sure . . . you’ve got to pat yourselves on the back,” the chief added.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 1, 2010 --- 7:00 a.m.

Benefit to be held for the victims of the Sun Prairie explosion:

It will take place on Saturday, December 18th at the VFW in Sun Prairie at 349 S. Walker Street.

The benefit will take place from 3:00 pm - 12:00 am, and will include a lasagna dinner at 6:00 p.m..

Tickets are $12 (children under 5 are free), and proceeds will benefit both the Coral Drive Home Relief Fund that has been established for Slack and Stephany, as well as the Mason McPherson Scholarship Fund on behalf of their roommate Andrew Manley.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 608-616-9209.

Further information can be found by going www.coraldrivehomerelief.com and clicking on the events tab.

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UPDATED Friday, November 26, 2010 --- 9:25 a.m.

From the City of Sun Prairie:
Neighborhood Meeting

On Tuesday, November 30, 2010, Alds. Zach Weber and Al Hoffmann will be hosting a Neighborhood Meeting regarding the house explosion on Coral Drive. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria of Westside Elementary School, 1320 Buena Vista Drive, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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UPDATED Friday, November 12, 2010 --- 6:00 p.m.

The 911 calls have been released in this investigation. Click on the link above marked "911 Calls Seconds After Explosion" to hear them.

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UPDATED: Friday, November 12, 2010 --- 5:42p.m

Cress Funeral Home website:

Visitation Time & Location for Andy Manley:
Sunday, November 14, 2010 from 12:30 pm until 4 pm
At Cress Madison - West
3610 Speedway Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53705

Service Time & Location
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm
At Cress Madison - West
3610 Speedway Road, Madison, Wisconsin 53705

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UPDATED Friday, November 12, 2010 --- 9:15 a.m.

From Culver's:

Culver’s of Sun Prairie, WI will donate 10% of sales on November 22, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. -11:00 pm to support the victims of the local house explosion.

Also, donations can be made to: Coral Drive Home Relief Fund, at any local Associated Bank.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 11, 2010 --- 4:10 p.m.

Service Specialists of Dane County, Inc. posted a message on its website today, telling its customers the company did replace a furnace six days prior to the explosion at 1139 Coral Drive. However, at this time, there is still no official cause of the explosion from investigators.

Here is the message posted on its website:

A MESSAGE TO OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Sun Prairie, WI, November 11, 2010: First and foremost, this is an unimaginable tragedy and our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of the people effected by the explosion in Sun Prairie that occurred on November 9, 2010, especially Steven Slack, Lindsay Stephany, and Andrew Manley’s family and loved ones. Service Specialists has been a proud and active member of the Sun Prairie community since 1984 and considers every person here part of our extended family.

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, we replaced a furnace that had a cracked heat exchanger with a brand new furnace at 1139 Coral Drive in the City of Sun Prairie. It is our understanding that six days later, on November 9, a gas leak from an undetermined source resulted in an explosion at that location. Service Specialists’ Lead Installation Technician on this project is a long-time, valued member of our team, as well as a lead member of one of our surrounding communities’ Fire Departments, who pays the utmost attention to safety, details and workmanship.

Because of the time of year and because the existing furnace was deemed unsafe, with an accompanying no heat situation, we wanted to be certain the owners/occupants were provided a comfortable home in a timely fashion. While no permit was sought for this installation before the accident, we appreciate the City of Sun Prairie Building Director Dennis Allen’s honest and candid comments regarding the permitting process as it pertains to same-day service. It is not uncommon for work to be completed, a permit to be pulled, and an inspection to take place days later. We assure everyone that there were no disreputable intentions for a lack of a permit when the work was performed.

Since early Tuesday, November 9, we have been and will continue to work closely with government officials, including the Sun Prairie Police Department, the Sun Prairie Fire Department and the State of Wisconsin Fire Inspector to cooperate in the investigative efforts to determine the cause of the accident.

We are proud of our entire staff and their dedication to our trade. We would ask that they and their families be shown the respect they deserve during this trying time for everyone.

For obvious reasons, we are unable to comment further. Again, our deepest heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragedy.

Sincerely,
Jeffrey L. Ollerman
President
Service Specialists of Dane County, Inc.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 11, 2010 --- 10:00 a.m.

According to Toni Morrissey, Senior Media Specialist at UW Health, Steven Slack is listed in fair condition. Meanwhile, Lindsey Stephany has been discharged.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 --- 4:30 p.m.

Friends of the homeowners have set up a fund:

"Coral Drive Home Relief Fund" for Steve Slack and Lindsey Stephany

People who want to help can donate at any Associated Bank.

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UPDATED: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 --- 9:22 p.m.

Two people are still hospitalized tonight while a family is mourning the loss of a 26-year-old man.

The home explosion happened yesterday morning at 1139 Coral Drive in Sun Prairie.

Andrew Manley was killed in the blast.

Manley graduated from Brodhead High School and then got a degree from the University of Wisconsin.

We spoke with his brother in law, Brett McPherson, on the phone today who says Andy had spent a year interning with the Atlanta Falcons before deciding to come home and find a job as a teacher.

McPherson says, "Andy was this incredibly genuine person. He was funny. He was smart. He was kind."

Sun Prairie Police still say the cause of the explosion are undetermined, but a natural gas leak is still a likely suspect.

Police are investigating claims that the homeowners had a furnace installed the day before.

Tonight a mess still remains in the neighborhood surrounding the destroyed home.

Forced out for a day and a half because of safety reasons neighbors are finally surveying the damage.

In some ways it looks like a bomb went off in the neighborhood.

Most who live there didn't really now how bad the damage to their homes was until they got back to take a closer look tonight.

They're boarding up windows, picking up glass and as one woman put it, "still walking around in a haze."

The damage caused by Tuesday morning's home explosion in Sun Prairie is wide reaching.

Because of safety concerns the 13 people living closest to the explosion were not allowed to return to their homes until this afternoon.

Tom Gieck found his windows blown out. He's doing what he can to clean up but there is glass everywhere.

Dealing with all of the cleanup for the next few days will be pretty frustrating for the neighbors but they don't have to look far at all for some perspective.

Jason Rotzenberg says, "It just pales in comparison to next door."

We met Rotzenberg last night as he was heading off to a hotel with his wife and 15-month-old daughter.

He knew he would have glass all over his yard but didn't realize until tonight the explosion had blown his garage wall out a good four inches. It's hanging off the foundation.

With the insurance adjuster coming tomorrow he's doing the only thing he can cleaning.

Like many others in the neighborhood he worked until darkness forced him to stop, realizing it will be a long road to normalcy.

The two homeowners directly next to the home that exploded have still not been allowed back.

One of them was told it may take months and the other tells us tonight his home may have to be torn down.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 9:30 p.m.
REPORTER: Chris Woodard

Witnesses say it's a miracle only one person is dead after a home is ripped to shreds by an explosion this morning.

Tonight the surviving victims say they feel lucky to be alive.

Authorities are still concerned enough tonight that they're keeping 13 neighboring homeowners out of the area. Considering the tragedy unfolding steps from their front doors they're just happy to be alive.

Approaching 24 hours since a fatal home explosion in Sun Prairie the scene is still hard to believe for many. Pieces of the home are stuck in a tree and debris is scattered for blocks.

Neighbor Stan Talarek says, "You know it was scary, it really was."

The Coral Drive home has been reduced to a pile of debris and 26-year-old Andrew Manley who was in the home at the time is dead.

Two others who were inside, Steven Slack and Lindsey Stephany, are at the hospital in fair condition.

Neighbor Dean Kirst says, "We've been able to visit them in the hospital and we are grateful we were able to check in with both of them."

Kirst lives next door and says Slack and Stephany are doing as well as can be expected.

A family member tells us the two were in bed at the time of the explosion. Manley was in another room and all three were thrown from the home.

She says Stephany has a broken clavicle and collapsed lung.

Tonight crews are still taking every precaution. They still have caution tape up and it means several neighbors and their families are still not allowed in their homes.

Stan Talarek is holed up at his neighbor's house, waiting to survey the damage on his own home.

He says, "I want to and yet I don't. It's sort of like do I really want to do this now?"

Kate and Jason Rotzenberg took their 15-month-old daughter Emmie to a hotel where they'll be forced to spend the night.

Kate says, "She's been a trooper. We were able to borrow a friends car and take her to daycare."

After visiting the victims Kirst is just happy to be alive but with the massive damage to his home he doesn't know what he'll be able to salvage.

He says, "So much of it is under debris that we don't know what will be under there."

A spokesman for the Sun Prairie police department tells us a cause and origin investigator from Iowa arrived at the scene tonight but a cause still hasn't been determined.

There is talk amongst neighbors about a strong smell of gas this morning and about seeing a furnace repair crew at the home recently but police have not addressed whether that has anything to do with the explosion.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 4:35 p.m.

Release from the Dane County Coroner:

The Dane County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the man killed in the home explosion in the City of Sun Prairie early this morning. The decedent is identified as:

Andrew John MANLEY
26 Years Old
Sun Prairie, WI

A complete forensic autopsy was completed today at the Dane County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary results indicate that Mr. Manley death was the result of the injuries he sustained in the explosion.

This case remains under investigation by the Sun Prairie Police Department, Sun Prairie Fire Department, Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI), and the Dane County Coroner’s Office.

There is no further information to release at this time.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 11:30 a.m.

From NBC15's News Partner "The Sun Prairie Star" ---

At 3:22 a.m., the Sun Prairie Police Department and the Sun Prairie Fire Department responded to a house explosion at 1139 Coral Drive in the City of Sun Prairie.

The explosion left one person dead, and two more with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation, but authorities suspect it was a natural gas explosion. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Division of Criminal Investigation will be assisting with the investigation.

We Energies Manager Barry J. McNulty was at the site, and said an odor of gas was initially present at the site. Gas and electricity has been shut off at five houses.

Debris from the explosion traveled for at least a block radius, and houses behind and to the side of the explosion site suffered damage, according to Sun Prairie Police Department Public Information Officer Rem Brandt.

Officers evacuated 20-25 houses in the area, and Westside School was offered as a place to stay until residents are allowed back in their homes.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol were present to assist with traffic.

Sun Prairie Area School District Administrator Tim Culver canceled classes at Westside Elementary School for Tuesday, Nov. 9.

"The area around the school and the school is safe, but we are being cautious until natural gas can be resumed in the area," remarked Sarah Heck, communications coordinator for the Sun Prairie Area School District.

Most neighbors were evacuated as a precaution following the explosion and were allowed to stay at Westside School after classes were canceled for the day.

Schumann Street resident Kassandra Conners was sitting on her couch in the Vandenburg Heights neighborhood at roughly 3 a.m.

"I was just laying on the couch, [and the] whole entire house started to shake... I called 911, they said there was an explosion on the other side of town and they had to get off the phone..." Conners related to The Star this morning just after 4:17 a.m.

"Is it a bomb? Anyone hurt? I know if it threw me off my couch and had the whole house shaking then anyone close must be injured..." Conners said.

The American Red Cross is on the scene at Westside School, providing assistance, according to Assistant Police Chief Scott Faust.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 8:45 a.m.

Update on evacuations in Sun Prairie: If you live on Pearl Lane, Coral Drive, Beech Street and Garnet Drive, you are asked to call the Sun Prairie Police Department. Officers will then tell you if you have full access or limited access to your home. If you have limited access to your home, you will be escorted by firefighters to your house to pick up your belongings. You'll then be asked to leave.

Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blast. While they believe it may be natural-gas related, they still need to confirm their findings.

From the American Red Cross:
Red Cross Opens Reception Center for Sun Prairie Residents

Red Cross Reception Center
West Side Elementary School
1320 Buena Vista Drive
Sun Prairie, WI

Eight American Red Cross Badger Chapter personnel are responding to assist residents evacuated from the Coral Drive neighborhood in Sun Prairie. Residents were evacuated following a house explosion earlier this morning. A reception center has been set up at West Side Elementary School, 1320 Buena Vista Drive, in Sun Prairie. The Emergency Response vehicle has been dispatched to provide residents and first responders with breakfast, snacks, coffee and water.

At the reception center, Red Cross workers are collecting information from residents about their immediate needs and assisting residents in making plans. A licensed crisis counselor is on scene to speak with residents. Residents can obtain refreshments such as snacks, coffee and water. A Health Services nurse is available to assist with obtaining medications if necessary. The Red Cross will work to disseminate information to residents as it becomes available. Residents may come and go from the reception center as needed. The reception center will remain open until residents are allowed to return to their homes.

From Westside Elementary School:
All afternoon and evening programs and events at Westside Elementary School ONLY are canceled for today, Tuesday, November 9th. This includes Westside Parent OPTS meeting. The school staff are working to clean up minor debris in the building, which is a result of this morning's natural gas explosion on Coral Drive in the surrounding neighborhood of Westside.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 7:40 a.m.

Westside Elementary school in Sun Prairie is CLOSED today.

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — An explosion killed one person, injured two others and reduced a house to rubble in a southern Wisconsin community early today.

Debris from the exploded house hung from the trees and was scattered in the street in the Sun Prairie neighborhood, which was evacuated following the explosion about 3:30 a.m.

We Energies shut off natural gas in the area. Utility representatives went to the neighborhood after there were several reports of a strong odor of natural gas.

Evacuated neighbors were sent initially to a nearby elementary school, then taken to Sunshine Place, a facility that houses a number of charitable organizations.

There's no immediate word on the conditions of the injured.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 5:50 a.m.

Just In: Authorities confirm 1 person dead; 2 injured in the house explosion in Sun Prairie. We are told the two injured victims have been transported to UW-Hospital. Their injuries are serious, but non-life threatening.

Investigators believe this was a natural gas explosion.

Meanwhile, NBC15 just spoke to Rick Mueller, Principal at Westside Elementary school in Sun Prairie. The school is CLOSED today.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 5:45 a.m.

Authorities in the Dane County community of Sun Prairie are on the scene of a house explosion.

A one-block radius around the house has been evacuated. Neighbors are gathering at West Side Elementary School where the Red Cross is setting up a shelter.

There's no immediate word on possible injuries.

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Posted Tuesday, November 9, 2010 --- 4:00 a.m.

Right now breaking news in Sun Prairie.

Authorities are at the scene of a report of a house explosion in the 1200 block of Coral Drive.

Several neighbors contacted NBC15 News moments after the explosion. They told us that the force of the blast shattered windows on nearby homes.

Witnesses also told NBC15 News that officers are going door-to-door evacuating nearby homes. Evacuations are also occurring on Buena Vista Drive.

Stay with NBC15 and NBC15.com for continuing coverage.


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