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  • Fort Worth first responders are dealing with a massive explosion at a hotel
  • Two people were critically injured, and one person’s condition was given as serious, CBS said
  • Fort Worth police have advised people in the local area to stay away while emergency personnel assess the scene 

An explosion at the Sandman Signature hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, has left at least 21 people injured, according to local CBS News.

Two people were critically injured, and one person’s condition was given as serious, CBS said. One man told CBS he had to jump out the window, as there were no stairs.

Pictures from the scene show windows blown out and there are reports of a possible floor collapse. WFAA reported that it was a suspected gas explosion, and one man said he smelled gas before the explosion.

Fort Worth police have advised people in the local area to stay away while emergency personnel assess the scene. 

‘We are currently working a Major Incident. Please avoid the downtown area,’ police wrote on X. 

‘PIOs are on scene. We will share more details as soon as we can confirm more information.’

‘Likely gas explosion’ at Texas hotel leaves 21 injured – one critically – as crews search for missing among rubble in downtown Fort Worth

An explosion at the Sandman Signature hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas , has left at least 21 people injured

The streets around the hotel are seen strewn with debris

The streets around the hotel are seen strewn with debris

The hotel, in downtown Fort Worth, is seen before Monday's explosion

The hotel, in downtown Fort Worth, is seen before Monday’s explosion

LIVE: Fort Worth Fire Department responds to a gas explosion at the Sandman Hotel

Fort Worth fire department were on the scene, but there were no ambulances. 

The debris was across the road, with windows and door frames hurled to the other side of the street.

Families were told to go to Sundance Square, to 200 Fifth Street, to be reunited with their loved ones. 

The 245-room hotel is in a 1920s building right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, and rooms cost around $160 a night.  

Craig Trojacek, the Public Information Officer for the fire department, said the first call was at 2:43pm.

‘It looks like some kind of gas leak,’ he said. ‘We are not sure of that. We don’t know if the gas is from the explosion, or caused the explosion.’

He confirmed 11 people had been injured – nine of them taken to hospital – and the hotel owner ‘a little bit ago’ said one person was still unaccounted for.  He could not say whether the 11 injured were inside the hotel, or outside.

‘We are still doing a search of the building,’ he said. ‘We are going floor to floor, trying to make sure we’ve got everybody out.

‘We are trying to make sure that when we walk out that building we can definitively say we have everyone out.’

Asked about a partial collapse of the building, he said he could not comment.

Fire department crews are pictured on Monday afternoon in Fort Worth

Fire department crews are pictured on Monday afternoon in Fort Worth

He said some reports suggested the explosion began in the restaurant, where there was some ‘work’ being done.

Trojacek said it was not possible to say how long the downtown area would be closed. 

The gas department was on the scene, making sure the gas was all turned off, Trojacek said.

A Fort Worth police spokesman said they had closed the streets for a two-block radius, and reiterated calls for people not to approach the area.



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