At approximately 3:57 PM CST on October 19, 2021 the Loup County Rural Fire Department responded to a building explosion at 303 Murry Street. Upon arrival, firefighters determined a 2-story building had exploded and collapsed. The building used for residential living was vacant at the time of the explosion. No injuries or deaths occurred as a result of the explosion.
Numerous other buildings in the area sustained damages as a result of the explosion. The extent of damages to the other buildings is still being assessed.
State Fire Marshal Investigators are on scene and the investigation is ongoing.
Responding agencies included Loup County Rural Fire Department, Loup County Sheriff, Garfield County Sheriff, Loup County Emergency Management, Region 26 Emergency Management, and the Nebraska State Fire Marshal.
As reported previously, Region 26 Management told KCNI/KBBN there was an incident being investigated by the State Fire Marshal. Photos posted from Creekside at Calamus West showed the building completely destroyed with neighboring businesses also suffering damage. The Post Office in Taylor, which was located next to the explosion suffered extensive damage and will be closed until further notice.
This is a continuing story. Further information will be posted when available.