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Videos show chaos in moments after fatal Durham gas explosion
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Durham, N.C. — Videos released Thursday show first responders scrambling to put out the fire and help the injured in the moments after a natural gas explosion four months ago.

The footage—some of it redacted—was released this week by the Durham Fire Department, and it shows what crews encountered April 11 when they responded to the incident. As firefighters reached the scene, they made their way through the wreckage in order to begin dousing fires started by the blast.

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The April 10 explosion rocked the area west of downtown Durham, killing two and injuring about two dozen others.

Kong Lee, a 61-year-old coffee shop owner, was killed in the explosion. The blast, as well as the ensuing partial building collapse and fire, injured 25 people, including nine firefighters.

“Battalion 2, I need that medic unit to come down, come down Morgan Street right here to Duke [Street],” a firefighter says in one of the videos. “Your most critical patients are going to be here at Morgan and Duke.”

Durham Fire Department released footage showing the destruction caused by an April 11 gas explosion that killed one person and injured 25 others, including nine firefighters.

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Fires were burning in multiple buildings, including a garage that housed a collection of classic Porsches. Fire trucks were parked among the debris, including windows that had been blown out by the blast and rubble from buildings.

Investigators determined that the explosion was caused when a gas line was accidentally cut by cable employees, WNCN-TV reports. Officials also deemed it accidental. 

“Somebody get in there and hold pressure on his head,” one first responder calls out. “That leg that he is leaning on is completely broke.”

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Also sitting nearby were a damaged SUV and a bus, whose drivers and passengers were unlucky enough to be passing by at the time of the explosion, and a work truck that appears to have been involved.

The Durham Fire Department last week issued a report that identified the cause of the explosion: A three-person crew from Durham-based Optic Cable Technology was drilling horizontally as part of a project to install underground cables when they struck a 3/4-inch gas line in front on Kaffeinate, a coffee shop at 115 N. Duke St.

Gas flowed for about an hour, filling underground cavities near Kaffeinate, before the blast, the report said. Firefighters havent been able to pinpoint what ignited the explosion, however.

Optic Cable, one of a number of subcontractors working on the cable installation project, never called authorities to report the ruptured gas line, according to the report. It is one of two companies the state Department of Labor has been investigating in connection with the explosion.

Kaffeinate owner Kong Lee refused to leave the building as firefighters evacuated the area before the explosion, and he was killed.

Fires were burning in multiple buildings, including a garage that housed a collection of classic Porsches. Fire trucks were parked among the debris, including windows that had been blown out by the blast and rubble from buildings.

Jay Rambeaut, a PSNC employee who had responded to the gas leak, died two weeks later of injuries he suffered in the explosion.

Optic Cable, one of a number of subcontractors working on the cable installation project, never called authorities to report the ruptured gas line, according to the report. It is one of two companies the state Department of Labor has been investigating in connection with the explosion.

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PS Splicing LLC of Oxford, which also does work on underground lines, also has been under investigation for possible workplace safety violations. It reported via the NC 811 app on the morning of the explosion that a gas line had been cut, and the companys owner was among those injured.


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