UPDATE: 6 Injured In Natural Gas Explosion in Danville

By: News Staff Email
By: News Staff Email

August 17, 2014

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville police have charged the driver of a vehicle that hit an apartment building and caused an explosion that injured six people.

Thirty-six-year-old James T. Barksdale of Danville City is charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Police say in a news release that a vehicle driven by Barksdale ran off the road early Saturday and hit the 18-unit building at Royal Terrace Apartments. The crash severed natural gas lines and the resulting leak filed the building with gas.

The explosion occurred as firefighters were evacuating the building and searching for residents. Police say the explosion buckled walls and floors and caused a fire. The building sustained about $500,000 in damage.

Six residents suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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August 16, 2014

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - An explosion at an apartment building in Danville has sent six people to the hospital.

The Danville Fire Department says the explosion occurred after a vehicle ran off the road early Saturday morning and hit the 18-unit Royal Terrace Apartments. The vehicle severed natural gas lines and the resulting leak filled the building with gas.

The fire department says firefighters were evacuating the building and searching for residents when the explosion occurred. Six residents suffered non-life threatening injuries. Fourteen others were displaced.

The fire department says the explosion buckled walls and floors. It also sparked a fire that caused significant damage to the building.

The fire marshal's office and police are investigating.


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