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Springfield Police Captain William Collins said the building, a gentleman's club, exploded at about 5:25 p.m. as the local gas company was looking for a leak under the road.
Jane Albert of Baystate Medical Center told 22News that there are eight patients in their Emergency Room due to the explosion at this time, but none of them are in critical condition. She said that she does not anticipate that any additional injured people will be coming in.
Mary Orr from Mercy Medical Center told 22News that they are treating eight patients, including two firefighters. All of them are expected to survive.
Capt. William Collins of the Springfield Police Department told 22News that a Springfield police officer is among the injured, but his injuries are considered minor.
A Columbia Gas spokesperson told 22News that two of their workers were injured in the explosion. They too are expected to survive.