A massive explosion shook the downtown region of Fort Worth, resulting in a “major incident” at the Sandman Hotel.
WFAA reported that a gas leak caused the explosion.
At least 11 people were injured from the explosion, with one in critical condition.
As a result of the incident, all offices in the downtown Fort Worth area are currently closed.
MedStar has not reported any fatalities at this time.
“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,” Fort Worth Police wrote on X.
We are currently working a Major Incident. Please avoid the downtown area.— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) January 8, 2024
PIOs are on scene.
We will share more details as soon as we can confirm more information. pic.twitter.com/oI7DxKO7eR
“The FWFD (along with multiple other emergency responders) is on scene of a major incident in downtown #FortWorth. PLEASE avoid this area. We will provide updated information as it becomes available,” the Fort Worth Fire Department wrote.
The #FWFD (along with multiple other emergency responders) is on scene of a major incident in downtown #FortWorth. PLEASE avoid this area. We will provide updated information as it becomes available. Follow our #FWDowntownAlert for updated details moving forward. pic.twitter.com/XK5sHtTaBe— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) January 8, 2024
Here’s some footage of the aftermath:
🚨#BREAKING: Significant Explosion has taken place at a Hotel with mass casualty incident declared— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 8, 2024
📌#FortWorth | #Texas
Currently, numerous authorities and other law enforcement personnel are on the scene of a significant gas explosion at the Sandman Signature hotel in… pic.twitter.com/63bd2c7qnb
🚨BREAKING: huge explosion has taken place at a hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.— DramaAlert (@DramaAlert) January 8, 2024
This story is still developing. pic.twitter.com/4CIYwR2v4c
Aerial view of the scene of the explosion at Sandman Hotel:
JUST IN – Aerial view of the scene of explosion at Sandman hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas pic.twitter.com/Gx4UFpiZDQ— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) January 8, 2024
CBS News reported:
The Fort Worth Fire Department is responding to a gas explosion at the Sandman Hotel on Houston St. Monday afternoon.
According to MedStar, there are as many as 11 patients. One patient is reported as critically injured and two are seriously injured.
Fort Worth Police said a Family Reunification Area is being established at Sundance Square, 420 Main Street.
All Tarrant County offices in downtown are now closed.
Families seeking information about their loved ones are being advised to go to Sundance Square.
“The family reunification area for those who were involved in the downtown incident this afternoon will be at SUNDANCE SQUARE. If you are looking for a loved one, please go to Sundance Square (420 Main Street) for more information,” the fire department wrote.
4:50PM UPDATE: The exact address for the family assistance center/reunification area is 200 5th Street (the parking lot for Sundance Square). #FWDowntownAlert— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) January 8, 2024