Explosion damages dormitory, injures 1 at Murray State University

Explosion damages dormitory, injures 1 at Murray State University. (Kentucky State Police)

MURRAY, Ky. (WZTV) - An explosion at Murray State University damaged a dormitory and injured at least one person Wednesday.

University officials said a gas leak caused the explosion at Richmond Hall. According to the Kentucky State Police, it happened on the campus at 4:53 p.m.

The most severe damage is on the south side of the dorm.

The KSP, Kentucky Office of Emergency Management, State Fire Marshal’s Office and the ATF were on scene Wednesday night.

State Police said 26-year-old Dakota Field was injured in the blast and taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

Kentucky's WPSD reported the injured man is a Murray State employee. All students are accounted for, and students in the Adventures in Math and Science (AIMS), Governor Scholars Program (GSP) and Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) have been relocated.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said several streets around the north end of Murray State's campus were blocked. KYTC blocked 16th Street at all intersections with state highways along the north end of campus.

Authorities asked people to avoid the area until around 11 p.m. Wednesday. The KSP planned to investigate through the night at the scene to determine the official cause of the explosion.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Kentucky State Police Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

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