Explosion in Downtown Oconomowoc

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. (AP) -- At least six people are injured after an explosion in a Oconomowoc downtown church.

The explosion demolished First Baptist Church and damaged at least two nearby houses.

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin says one person was being brought there by helicopter. Four men and one woman were taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital with cuts, bruises and abrasions, but they were listed in good condition.

Waukesha County Board Supervisor Kenneth Herro works a block away as a real estate agent and says he heard an explosion about 1:30 p.m. today. He and other workers walked right over and saw the church demolished, with only the steeple standing.

He says he smelled natural gas and ambulances were pulling away as he arrived.

He says one house on each side of the church was on fire. He says the explosion shook the downtown area and the windows in his office bowed out.

We Energies spokesman Rick James confirmed the explosion and said the company had sent workers to the scene. He had no other details.


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