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Update:

One person was killed in yesterday’s explosion. The victim was 61-year-old Kong Lee, the owner of the Kaffeinate Coffee Shop. Seventeen others were injured.

According to Durham Fire Chief Robert Zoldos, “Eight to 10 people were in the coffee shop and without the incredible work of our firefighters to get them out immediately, they would have also perished inside the building. It’s not as dramatic as pulling someone out of a fire, but the results are exactly the same.”

A building has collapsed in downtown Durham after what seems to be a gas explosion. The area affected is near Morgan Imports. The building is currently on fire on North Duke Street between Morgan and Main Streets. Emergency responders are on the scene.

According to Indy Week, the explosion occurred at Kaffeinate, a coffee shop at 115 North Duke Street. Multiple outlets are reporting that a contractor was working on the gas line when the explosion occurred.

The Durham Police Department Public Affairs Manager has confirmed that one person died in the explosion. Fifteen people were transported to the hospital. One firefighter was injured.

Many people are offering their firsthand accounts on social media:

 

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