(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A natural gas explosion caused nearly 100 firefighters to respond Tuesday evening to a massive fire at a Kansas City, Mo., restaurant.
It’s unclear what caused the blast, but authorities are calling it an accident for now. Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi ruled out reports that a car or construction vehicle struck a gas main, but he said officials are investigating the incident.
“Right now, the investigation is ongoing, but it does seem like an accident,” Berardi said Tuesday. He added, “It doesn’t appear to be foul play at this time.”
While no fatalities have been reported, 14 people have been transported to area hospitals. Officials say they still haven’t accounted for everyone, but investigators will use cadaver dogs to thoroughly search the structure.
At the time of the blast, patrons had been in the building during the restaurant’s happy hour, Berardi said.
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