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DEVELOPING STORY: There’s been a massive explosion at a hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Police have declared a mass casualty event. It happened at the Sandman Signature Hotel.
The Japanese restaurant Musume is in the basement of the hotel. A staffer described a scene of horror.
“Everything fell, the walls, the floor, everything,” he said. “It’s a miracle I’m alive.”
The Fort Worth Fire Dept. says there’s currently a gas leak at the explosion site – but they cannot confirm if that was the cause of the blast. At least 11 people have been taken to area hospitals.
“There has been an explosion incident in downtown Fort Worth this afternoon, and every Fort Worth emergency response agency is on hand responding,” Mayor Mattie Parker said in a post on X, formerly Twitter. “We will provide more information as available. My heart and prayers are with those who were injured as we continue managing response.”
Musume’s co-founder Josh Babb, said in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “All of us at Musume are devastated by the tragic explosion that took place this afternoon at the Sandman Signature Hotel, which is the home of our restaurant. Luckily, Musume was closed during the time of the explosion, so we had no customers dining and limited employees working. Three Musume employees were injured, but are being treated in the hospital and in stable condition.”
Debris was scattered all over the street outside, including slabs of concrete and piles of rubble. The images also showed a giant gaping hole in the sidewalk next to the building. Fort Worth Police are urging people to stay out of downtown. Watch video below. And update this page for the latest.
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⚡️An explosion at the Sandman Hotel, in Fort Worth, Texas. A number of injuries were reported pic.twitter.com/o0TzgD3fW0— War Monitor (@WarMonitors) January 8, 2024
🚨BREAKING: huge explosion has taken place at a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.— DramaAlert (@DramaAlert) January 8, 2024
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🚨BREAKING: Reports of a massive explosionat the Sandman Signature hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. Emergency services are warning there could be many casualties. pic.twitter.com/KphEMzMIuu— Ben Kew 🏌️♂️ (@ben_kew) January 8, 2024