Dominion Energy working to restore service safely following fatal Durham explosion

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Dominion Energy said it has crews on scene of Wednesday’s fatal explosion in an effort to help restore service to customers. 

The Utility said a contractor dug into a natural gas line at 115 N. Duke Street around 10 a.m. 

“The contractor was not a Dominion Energy employee nor was the contractor working on behalf of Dominion Energy,” the utility said. 

The explosion killed at least one person and injured 17.

Dominion also said it is working to provide assistance to residents and business owners impacted by the explosion. It is offering meals and lodging. Anyone affected by the explosion should go to the Claims Operations Center at Maverick’s Smokehouse and Taproom.

People can also contact Dominion at 1-877-592-7762. 

Durham firefighter Darren Wheeler was injured and underwent surgery. Durham officials said Wheeler is recovering from his injuries.

A PSNC Energy employee was one of those injured, Dominion said. 

Six of those suffered critical injuries. 

Dominion is working with the City of Durham and fire department so service can be restored safely. 

“We are deeply saddened by today’s tragedy,” said CEO of Dominion Energy’s Southeast Energy Group Rodney Blevins. “Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with the families of those who were injured and the deceased. Our focus now is working in cooperation with local agencies to ensure the area is safe for residents to return.”

Several downtown streets remain closed while police and other first responders remain on scene. 

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