HOUSTON – Two staff have been injured Friday in an explosion and subsequent fireplace outdoors the Whitehall Hotel in downtown Houston.
The incident was reported about 1 p.m. close to the intersection of Smith and Pease streets.
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Authorities on the scene mentioned that crews have been repairing an underground circuit breaker in entrance of the resort when the blast occurred. The fireplace that adopted stayed underground and out of doors of the constructing, authorities mentioned.
One employee was critically injured and one other suffered minor accidents, officers mentioned.
KPRC 2 reporter Ryan Korsgard mentioned witnesses reported listening to not less than one increase. He mentioned somebody who had suffered burns was loaded into an ambulance on the scene.
Video confirmed smoke injury to the outside of the resort. Smoke is also seen pouring from the facet of the constructing. Workers have been additionally seen climbing out and in of a manhole close to the constructing.
Someone on the scene instructed Korsgard that folks have been evacuated from the constructing due to the fireplace.
Several streets within the space have been blocked.
Officials mentioned the resort might be with out energy for the rest of the day.
Leticia Lowe, spokeswoman for CenterPoint Energy, mentioned that energy crews have been dispatched to the realm. She additionally mentioned the employees who have been injured weren’t working for the corporate.
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