Firefighters who responded just after midnight to reports of an explosion were greeted by five employees who evacuated the building, which was transported to hospitals in stable condition, City of Columbus Assistant Information Officer Rebecca Diehm said Thursday.
Two people trapped in the building were removed and transported in critical condition to Ohio State University Hospital, Diehm said.
Authorities looking for personnel inside the facility determined that one person was missing, and after “a thorough search of the building,” said “that person is not yet located.”
The cause of the explosion and the fire that brought over 1
Diehm added that local businesses nearby were closed in the evenings and that there was no need to evacuate homes.
This evolving story will be updated.