UPDATE: One firefighter dead, several others injured in Sun Prairie explosion

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Firefighters work the scene of an explosion in downtown Sun Prairie, Wis., Tuesday, July 10, 2018. The explosion rocked the downtown area of Sun Prairie, a suburb of Madison, after a contractor struck a natural gas main Monday, sending an unknown number of people to hospitals, authorities said. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Authorities provided a tragic update Wednesday morning to a gas line explosion that took place in a Madison suburb Tuesday night: one firefighter is now dead, several others hurt, including one critically.

Firefighters arrived to investigate a gas leak first reported shortly before 6:30 p.m. As they cordoned off the area, buildings exploded raining debris across the downtown area. The fire resulting from the explosion also ignited some cars parked nearby.

Officials said at an early Wednesday morning news conference that at least six firefighters were injured along with some civilians. It’s believed the explosion happened due to a private contractor that hit a natural gas main.

Sun Prairie, just north of Madison, has a population of about 30,000.

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