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Gas explosion levels Denver apartment building, nine wounded

Firefighters respond to an apartment explosion in Denver, Colorado. Tuesday.

(KDVR-TV)

Nine people were injured Tuesday in an apparent natural gas explosion in an apartment complex in Denver.

Fire officials told Fox31 that the two victims were in the building at the time of the explosion. A man was hospitalized in critical condition while one woman has pulled out of the rubble and the hospital in stable condition. Seven bystanders were treated and released at the scene.

Denver Fire department spokesman Capt. Greg Pixley told The Associated Press that some of those injured were burned.

The blast leveled part of a one-story brick rowhouse is located just south of the city centre.

Television helicopter images showed pieces of wood thrown like sticks and stones spilled on the ground, in front of the one-story building.

Alan Rodriguez, who lives four blocks away, told Fox31 that he thought that his roof was caving in when he heard the explosion. When he went outside to see what was going on, he saw a “mushroom cloud” of smoke.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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