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Coffee Shop Owner Killed in North Carolina Gas Explosion

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The Durham, North Carolina, coffee shop owner killed in a gas line explosion that leveled a downtown building stayed behind as firefighters evacuated properties before the blast, the city’s fire chief said Thursday. “The owner decided that he did not want to evacuate, our engine captain went to find a police officer to enforce that evacuation order and that is when the building exploded and collapsed,” the fire chief said.

Seventeen people were injured in the blast and one one was killed , including nine firefighters, officials said.

The most seriously injured firefighter, Darren Wheeler of the Durham Fire Department, underwent surgery and was expected to be released from the hospital soon.

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