“Massive Explosion Rocks Fort Worth Hotel, Leaving 21 Injured and a Trail of Destruction – What Really Happened?”

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Explosion Rocks Fort Worth Hotel, Leaving 21 Injured and Chaos in Its Wake

A Fort Worth, Texas hotel was the site of a devastating explosion on Monday, resulting in at least 21 injuries and a scene of utter destruction. The blast left shattered windows, crumbled concrete, and a massive hole in the sidewalk, leaving witnesses in shock.

The Aftermath

The Fort Worth Police Department initially reported a major incident in the downtown area and urged people to steer clear. However, it was later revealed by the city’s fire department that the explosion occurred at the Sandman Hotel.

According to Craig Trojacek, Public Information Officer for the Fort Worth Fire Department, a total of 21 people were injured in the explosion. One person is in critical condition, four are listed as serious, and the rest have minor injuries. Emergency services rushed 14 individuals to nearby hospitals for treatment.

The fire department suspects that a gas leak caused the explosion, although an official confirmation is still pending. It should be noted that construction work was underway in the building at the time of the incident.

debris outside hotel

Debris is seen scattered on the street as police investigate a “major incident” at a Fort Worth hotel. (Fox 4 KDFW)

The Scene of Destruction

The explosion occurred at around 3:30 p.m. on Monday near W. 7th Street and Houston Street, specifically at the Sandman Hotel. Alarming images sent to Fox 4 reveal the shattered windows on the hotel’s lower floor.

Outside, the street was littered with debris, including chunks of concrete and piles of rubble. The pictures also captured a massive hole in the sidewalk next to the building, a stark testament to the force of the blast.

Witnesses reported hearing a deafening noise in the area, while others detected the distinct smell of natural gas, heightening concerns about a possible gas leak.

damage to fort worth hotel explosion

Major damage can be seen at a hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. (Fox 4 KDFW)

Search and Assistance Efforts

Craig Trojacek revealed that the initial call at approximately 3:30 p.m. reported a structure fire alarm. However, subsequent calls described an explosion of some kind. Additionally, the smell of gas permeated the area, and the force of the blast blew out windows in the building.

Atmos Energy crews are currently on-site, working to shut off the gas in the surrounding vicinity. Meanwhile, fire crews are diligently searching the building for any individuals who may still be trapped inside.

The Fort Worth Fire Department has advised anyone seeking information about a loved one involved in the incident to go to Sundance Square at 420 Main Street.

State Response and Support

Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed his concern after receiving reports of the explosion. He issued a statement, saying, “The State of Texas is in close contact with Mayor Parker, Sheriff Waybourn, and other local partners and first responders in Fort Worth to assist with emergency response efforts following the tragic explosion at the Sandman Hotel. We continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to immediately deploy any additional personnel and resources needed to keep Texans in the area safe and out of harm’s way. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to pray for those who were injured in the explosion, as well as those bravely responding to keep others safe.”