Man in critical condition after explosion rocks Wasilla neighborhood

Published: Dec. 11, 2022 at 4:35 PM AKST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2022 at 12:37 PM AKST
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WASILLA, Alaska (KTUU) - A strong explosion rocked a Wasilla neighborhood late Sunday afternoon, according to reports.

Fire crews, emergency medical services and law enforcement are responding to reports of a structure explosion on Top of the World Circle, located off Fairview Loop just south of South Knik-Goose Bay Road.

Alaska State Troopers reported that a person was injured and remains in critical condition at a Wasilla hospital.

According to Director of Emergency Services for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Ken Barkley, the explosion happened around 2:30 p.m. inside a shop-like structure located next to a residence — and that building is no longer standing.

“The building is destroyed,” Barkley said. Troopers added that other buildings in the vicinity of the blast were also damaged.

Troopers wrote that an initial investigation suggested a natural gas leak in the building. Officials did not say what may have sparked the explosion amid the gas leak.

Authorities are still trying to reach the owners of the property on which the building was located to find out what the shop was used for.

Social media users reported hearing a loud noise and feeling buildings shake on Sunday afternoon. A camera in the home of Wasilla resident Sierra Hamilton captured the moment her house shook.

An explosion in Wasilla was felt in nearby homes (video courtesy of Sierra Hamilton)

First responders request that the area is kept clear while they respond to any possible victims and while the investigation is ongoing.

This story has been updated with additional information.