A large explosion has occurred in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Forth Worth’s Fire Department and Police service are on the scene of the explosion, and have urged the public to avoid the downtown area altogether.
PHOTOS – Explosion (Fort Worth) Fort Worth FD is on scene of a reported explosion in the 800 block of Houston Street in downtown. Requesting a 2nd alarm. Injuries have been reported. Updates to follow. Avoid this area. Thanks to Chelsea Davidson for the photos. pic.twitter.com/Ubr7nznHxE
— DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner) January 8, 2024
We are currently working a Major Incident. Please avoid the downtown area.
PIOs are on scene.
We will share more details as soon as we can confirm more information. pic.twitter.com/oI7DxKO7eR
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) January 8, 2024
Some sources have reported the explosion was a result of a gas leak, however no official cause has been stated as of yet. Dallas Fort Worth has a history of gas explosions after heavy rainfall due to the clay soil absorbing the water, expanding, then contracting, causing explosions.
11 people have been confirmed injured as of 5:30EST, as per the Forth Worth fire department.
The incident has been upgraded to a mass casualty event. Additionally, a 2nd alarm and another 4 engine companies have been requested.